Hackney residents turn trash into treasure
Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
A volunteer at the event sorting the donated paint
Hackney residents have saved over three months’ waste from being thrown away thanks to a series of successful Give and Take events.
Sanctuary Housing and environmental charity ecoACTIVE provided the opportunity for an early spring clean or to pick up a much wanted item at the swap shops held in Kingsmead and Morningside.
Over the course of the events new homes were found for items weighing in at over 260kg as well as 50 litres of reclaimed paint, kindly donated by FRP The Paint Place.
Residents across Hackney were asked to donate unwanted items, and whether they donated or not were also able to attend and pick up a much needed item, all for free.
As well as the shopping extravaganza, families picked up information and goodies from other waste reducing organisations including the North London Waste Authority, Love Food Hate Waste and Hackney Council recycling and enjoyed making recycled jewellery and wallets with ecoACTIVE.
Jo Revett, Sanctuary’s senior project officer, said: “We were very pleased with the support from the community at both events and they have proven to be very popular.
“Raising awareness of reducing waste is very important for all communities, and I am hopeful these events have shown our Hackney residents how they can all play their part in giving away items that are no longer needed.”
Maripaz De-San-Miguel, education officer and resource coordinator for ecoACTIVE, added: “Local residents were very generous with the donations they made and the events were a huge success.
“Lots of items found a new home and this has hopefully reduced waste. Events like this aim to increase people’s 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 just one of the events.