Repair, reuse, reduce… and eat

Saturday 28 June 2014, 11am – 3pm, London Fields (Martello Street entrance).

Repair your broken electrical items, get rid of things you don’t need any more, pick up something you do need and even get a free lunch at London Fields on 28 June.

Hackney Council is joining forces with Sustainable Hackney, Hackney Friends of the Earth and the North London Waste Authority to put on a combined Restart Party, Give or Take Day and Waste Less, Lunch Free meal to help people reduce waste and save money. 

Bring along your poorly printers, laggard laptops, morbid mobiles and other dead devices to the Restart Party where volunteer repairers and tools will be on hand so you can get your items fixed and learn how to fix things. The Restart Party kicks off at 11.30.

What might seem like a pile of unused bits and bobs could be the perfect addition to another person’s home. At the Give or Take day you can say goodbye to those unwanted items lurking in the back of the cupboard and pick up something you do need for free. Toys, clothes, books, tools, kitchenware - even bikes and furniture... everything is free. The giving starts at 11am, the taking starts at 12noon.

After all that fixing, giving and taking, you can grab a free meal thanks to the NLWA. They will be making 1,000 meals at a cost of £680, which is the value of the edible food the average family throws away in a year. As well as the free meal, there will be cooking demonstrations, information and tips on how to reduce food waste and save money.

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods
Every year people throw away thousands of tonnes of food as well as items that could be repaired or reused. Disposing of it is a waste of tax payers’ money as well as being bad for the environment. We hope this event will show people that what they think of as rubbish might not have reached the end of its life just yet. After seeing what can be repaired, reused or eaten, people might think twice next time they go to throw something in the bin.
Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods