Give or Take and de-clutter

Clearing out for the New Year? If your household clutter is giving you the February blues, don’t throw it out - why not make it a free treat for someone and bring it along to Hackney Council’s regular Give or Take day.

The Council’s recycling team is holding a Give or Take day on Saturday 23 February, 11am - 3pm, at Rushmore Primary School, Elderfield Road, E5.

Previous events have been a big success, with residents giving away unwanted toys, clothes, books, tools, kitchenware - even bikes and furniture. What might seem like a pile of useless bits and bobs could be the perfect addition to another person’s home.

Councillor Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
“Too many items are thrown away each year, especially around the New Year period. Give or Take days are a great way to help divert materials from entering the waste stream. They encourage people to think about what can be reused and how they can help to reduce waste in Hackney.”

This is an ideal opportunity to say goodbye to those unwanted Christmas gifts lurking in the back of the cupboard. Big items such as fridges are not accepted and smaller electrical items will be safety tested at the event. Everything is free; no money is exchanged.

Residents can give something between 11am and 12.30pm, and take something from 1pm to 3pm.

To find out more about recycling in Hackney call 020 8356 6688 or visit