We are in our seventh year of running our twice-yearly waste reduction event, the Bring and Take, and it is still as popular as it was in the beginning. The idea is simple: Bring genuinely re-usable items, in good, clean condition and Take any items that you have a use for. By giving items a new lease of life instead of throwing them out, you are reducing your carbon footprint and potentially the amount of stuff going to landfill. By re-using items instead of always buying new items you are reducing the amount of finite natural resources used up and reducing the volume of carbon emissions produced in the manufacturing process. Around 1,000 items are swapped at each of our Bring & Take events. Anything left over is recycled where possible eg in charity shops, with a small remainder going to landfill.
Your ‘junk’ may be someone else’s treasure!
We’ve had some really interesting items brought in over the years. One of our favourites was the Luke Skywalker life-size cardboard cut-out, which was snapped up in no time! The most popular item has proved to be books, followed closely by toys and games.
We accept: clothes and shoes, household linens (eg curtains, bedlinen), books, DVDs and CDs, toys and games, household items and kitchenware (eg pots, pans, crockery, vases), gardening items (eg small spades, plant pots, baskets), bric a brac (eg ornaments), small electrical items with plugs (which we will test first and only allow through if they pass the safety test). We also accept buggies and children’s bikes, but ask anyone who takes away these items to make sure they are safe before use.
We can not accept: sharp objects (eg knives and scissors), household paints (children’s painting sets are fine) and other chemicals (eg weedkiller), video cassettes and music cassettes, food – the exception is at our Autumn Bring and Take when we ask growers to bring surplus fresh produce for others to take), cosmetics and toiletries, bicycle and motorcycle helmets, dirty or broken items, large items which can’t easily be carried away. If you have a large item to give away, please bring a photo, description and contact details to display at the event.
A community event
Our Bring and Takes are held in West Oxford Community Centre primarily for the residents of West Oxford and form part of our community’s carbon cutting activities. Bring items between 10.30-11.30am only; take items between 10.30am-12.30pm.
The Bring & Takes could not happen without a group of dedicated volunteers, co-ordinated by our Executive Officer, who set up the rooms, put the stuff out, test the electrical items (for which training is provided), clear up and sort the leftover items, take stuff to charity shops and drive the Zipvan to Redbridge. If you would like to get involved in your local community and can offer even an hour of your time twice a year (usually May and October), please get in touch: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07531 500955.