Giving old stuff a new lease of life with 'Give and Take'
04/06/2014 12:32:00......Posted by Lynne Hale
Previously enjoyed items that might still have a useful life and be put to productive or entertaining use by a new owner, will be up for grabs when Croydon’s next Give and Take event is staged.
Give and Take is a simple concept that sees people offer items for which they no longer have a use, and, maybe, take items they like the look of that have been donated by others.
And the bonus is that, in addition to those items having an extended life, they do not end up in landfill at a cost to residents and the environment.
Originally set up by the council and waste contractor Veolia, Give and Take is now coordinated by local community group Croydon Transition Town, with the next event set for Surrey Street on Saturday 14th June. Items can be donated between 10am and noon, and everyone is welcome to take items between noon and 2pm.
All manner of goods have changed hands at previous events, ranging from toys and books to household items such as crockery and vases. Even small electrical goods can be accepted, with appropriate safety testing carried out before being passed to a new owner.
This is a great opportunity for clearing out all those items residents no longer have any use for but may well be appreciated by somebody else. It’s basically a communal car boot sale but with no money involved.
Andrew Dickinson of Croydon Transition Town, said: “It’s a very satisfying experience being involved in setting up this event because the results are worth the effort in the recorded amount diverted from landfill. The hardest part is convincing the public that the items are free and they can just take them away.”
For more information, or to arrange contributions, email email@example.com or call Andrew Dickinson on 07905 417821.