I have just been to the most fabulous event hosted by my local council ” Give & Take Re-use Event” – Wow.
The premise is simple bring along a variety of items you no longer require, and take items for free which you do need. This covers electrical items (which are PACT tested on the day and offered out), textiles, furniture and books.
I took along an old working kettle, electric shaver, plus mouldy curtains, a storage bin, and two pieces of furniture. Whats not to love about parting with items you longer require but could be of use to someone else?!
I was amazed by the quantity of items that had been dropped off, and were readily available to be taken home. The tot and I spotted breadmakers, Jamie Oliver cook books, crocheted blankets, chairs, toys, foot spa… amazing. Just delightful to see the event so supported by the local community, we were even offered free refreshments:)
The council’s energy advice officers were also available to talk to in the flesh about the offers the local council have regarding insulation. I have been meaning to make enquiries for weeks. Admittedly I was not surprised but a little disappointed to learn that our property (which is deemed as hard to treat regarding insulation) does not meet the criteria for free insulation .
What did I come home with? I was restrained (yeah!!) but couldn’t resist some fabulous vintage sheets and a wireless mouse for the laptop.
If you also live in South Norfolk they have more such events coming up:
Fancy hosting your own re-use event? There are some guidelines/ points to consider here.
Update – here are the amazing stats about how much has been redirected from landfill as a result of the event:
To summarise the list of numbers above, 2.71 tonnes of material was diverted for reuse and 6.74 tonnes of material was recycled from yesterday’s event.
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