Old toys wanted to help reduce waste

Toys donated to Hackneys RePresent

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.


Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
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.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks

For more information on recycling in Hackney visit the recycling page, email recycling@hackney.gov.uk, or call 020 8356 6688.

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

Clapton Library

Northwold Road, E5 8RA

Shoreditch Library

80 Hoxton St, N1 6LP

Homerton Library

Homerton High St, E9 6AS