Hackney community show they can Give and Take
Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Environment, Housing
Give and Take event flyer
Hackney residents parted with an average of three months’ waste and enough paint to makeover 12 rooms at an event which will take place again at the beginning of February.
Sanctuary Housing and environmental charity ecoACTIVE are inviting residents to a second Give and Take event on Saturday 8 February, providing the opportunity for an early spring clean or to pick up a much wanted item, all for free.
If residents want to give away their items, they can bring them to Kingsmead Community Centre between 1.30 and 2pm. The doors will open for the community to take away items, for free, at 2pm. There will also be fun for all the family with craft and eco activities.
At the last event, new homes were found for items weighing in at 115kg as well as 32 litres of reclaimed paint, kindly donated by FRP The Paint Place. The only items that cannot be donated are electrical and large items.
Jo Revett, Sanctuary’s senior project officer, said: “We were very pleased with the support from the community at the last event and hope this event will be just as popular.
“It will be a good opportunity for residents to give away a Christmas present that is not wanted or to get an early start on their spring cleaning.”
Maripaz De-San-Miguel, education officer and resource coordinator for ecoACTIVE, added: “The previous Give and Take event was a big success. Local residents were very generous with the donations they made, especially young people from Morningside Youth Club who also volunteered at the event.
“Lots of items found a new home and this has hopefully reduced waste. Events like this aim to increase peoples’ awareness of the important role they have in waste prevention."
Data from the local authority shows that the average Hackney household waste from October to December 2013 was 150kg, the total weight that was donated at the last event.
Residents can turn up on the day, or for further information can contact ecoACTIVE on 020 8510 0113. For information about Sanctuary Housing, visit www.sanctuary-londonandsoutheast.co.uk