Old toys wanted to help reduce waste
Many families will be getting lots of new toys this Christmas, but what about all those old toys clogging up cupboards or laying un-played with on the top shelf? Why not spread goodwill this festive season and recycle unwanted toys by donating them to charity.
Hackney Council in partnership with the Forest Recycling Project is running pre-loved toy collections at venues across the borough between Tuesday 2 January and Wednesday 31 January 2018. Simply bring along used toys and they will be gifted to children receiving hospital treatment through Homerton Hope, as well as reaching children through the London Community Rehabilitation Company and Children’s Centres across Hackney.
Marianne Hill, Senior Nurse for Children’s Services at Homerton Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this project and to be receiving any toys which are used in the playroom by our young patients as they recover in hospital.”
Last year the scheme collected hundreds of donations, which weighed over 1.5 tonnes, and this year the Council hopes to get even more. Simply make sure any old toys being donated are in a good condition and are fit to be shared with other children.
About 13 million toys end up in landfill sites each year, many of which are in perfectly good condition and can be given a new home. So instead of throwing away old toys to make way for new ones given over the festive season, donate them to our toy recycling scheme which will see them re-gifted to children across the borough. I hope many families are able to get involved and help not only help spread festive cheer this new year, but also help reduce our impact on the environment.
Hackney Re-present venues
Please place your pre-loved toys in the containers provided at the following locations around the borough:
Stoke Newington Library
184 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JS
Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ
Stamford Hill Library
Portland Avenue N16 6SB
Hackney Central Library
1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Northwold Road, E5 8RA
80 Hoxton St, N1 6LP
Homerton High St, E9 6AS