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Essex residents can discover the joy of reuse when a Give or Take Day comes to the High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford on Thursday 23 August.
A Give or Take Day is an exchange event – a chance for people to pass on good quality items that they no longer need, and pick up something they do – all for free!
The event takes place inside High Chelmer, in the unit of the old Base store, next to JJB Sports, from 10am-3pm. Residents are welcome to bring along good quality items that they wish to exchange, such as books, DVDs, computer games and children’s toys.
Broken items, food stuffs and electrical goods will not be accepted. If residents would like to bring larger items they are kindly asked to check in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling 0845 603 7625.
Any items left at the end of the day will be donated to the Chelmsford Community Charity Shop.
County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Environment & Waste, said: “I hope as many residents as possible come along and get involved in our Give or Take Day. This event will be a great way to pass on any items you no longer need, and hopefully find something new to take away. We should all try and reuse as much as we can, as it prevents items going to landfill and helps to reduce our carbon footprint.
Last year we spent £18.42m on landfill tax in Essex, so we all need to try and reduce the amount of rubbish we produce and recycle as much as we can so this money can be invested in services.”
Essex County Council is encouraging residents to choose to reuse as an alternative to buying brand new. Not only is it cheaper and lots of fun, it is far better for the environment. Throwing away larger items takes up landfill space and can contribute to climate change. Opting for reused rather than buying new also reduces the use of packaging, transportation and resources.
For more information on reuse visit www.recycleforessex.co.uk. Residents can also download a free toolkit to help them plan their own Give or Take events.