Give or Take day a success in Hackney Wick

More than 100 people turned out to support Hackney’s Give or Take Day recycling event at Leabank Square earlier this month, despite the unseasonably inclement weather.

The event, organised by the Council’s Recycling Team and funded by North London Waste Authority, was part of the Hackney Wick festival on Saturday 17 September.

Nearly 500kg of unwanted household items were donated for reuse on the day, including a baby car seat and a games console.

One lucky resident was able to reduce maternity expenses considerably by taking home a buggy and pram set for her expected new arrival.

Other residents enjoyed picking up useful recycling advice and tips from the information stall, as well as the recycling fishing games for youngsters that were available throughout the day.

Local resident, Sharon, E9, said: “My favourite part of the day was giving away the things I brought along knowing that someone will reuse them.”

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “It is gratifying to continually have so many residents supporting the Council’s Give or Take days. The events are great fun and a successful way to divert materials from entering the waste stream. I hope many more people are encouraged to come along to our recycle and reuse activities in the future.”

If you are looking to get rid of the unwanted household items lurking in the back of your cupboards why not bring them along to the Council’s Give or Take recycling events in October, at the Petchey Academy, and in November, at Lauriston Primary School?

To find out more about recycling and future events in Hackney call: 020 8356 6688; or visit: