Essex residents can discover the joy of reuse when a Give or Take Day comes to the High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford this Saturday, 24th November.
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 High Chelmer event takes place at 21 Exchange Way, which is located near Greggs, from 11am-4pm. Residents are welcome to bring along good quality items that they wish to exchange, including toys, books, DVDs, clothes, bric-a-brac and kitchen and garden tools.
Residents wishing to donate their unwanted items can bring them along on the day, or drop them off at County Hall in Chelmsford by Friday 23rd November (just call at the main reception desk and say the items are for the Waste & Recycling team).
The event is being hosted by Waste Busters, the award winning community volunteer scheme organised by Essex County Council.
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. 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.