Go green this Christmas and visit the ‘Stuff for Free’ event

You can give away unwanted items and pick up things for free at the north Acton ‘Stuff for Free’ event this weekend.

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 Unit 3 in the Victoria Industrial Estate will be the site of this year’s community event which last year saw people take away a range of goods including bikes, toys and household items.

People taking part will also be helping the environment. By re-using things instead of throwing them away, residents will reduce the amount sent to landfill and save valuable resources.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, chair of West London Waste Authority (WLWA) said “There is no better time than the run-up to Christmas to get rid of unwanted items. And no better time to pick up new ones for free – especially extra presents. Into the bargain you are helping the environment by reusing things rather than simply wasting them by throwing them away. It is good to see Stuff for Free back in Ealing.”

Green charity Healthy Planet and furniture re-use charity Furnish are working with WLWA to run the event to raise awareness of environmental issues and reduce the amount of unwanted goods going to landfill.

On Saturday 8 December, from 10am until 3pm, residents and businesses alike can bring along any unwanted items that are still in good enough condition for others to use, including books, furniture, gadgets and other household items. This includes both working and broken electrical items, thanks to DHL Envirosolutions, which will take away all the broken electrical equipment to be recycled. A team of volunteers will sort through the donated stuff.

Then on Sunday 9 December, also between 10am and 3pm, anyone can come along and take items they want, for free.

As well as the items given to de-clutter cupboards, Furnish will also have some lines of re-used furniture for sale at a discount.

Full details – including directions to the venue – can be found at:http://www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/ and http://www.stuffforfree.org.uk/