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Give and take to reduce waste

[Wednesday 26 May 2010]

Householders in Craven are being given the chance to get rid of unwanted items – and help the environment at the same time.

The Craven Local Strategic Partnership (CLSP), which includes Craven District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority YDNPA), is hosting a free ‘Give and Take’ day where people can dump things they do not want and pick up things they do.

Becki Tighe, the Climate Change Development Officer appointed by the CLSP, said: “By re-using things instead of throwing them away, we reduce landfill, reduce fly-tipping, and help save valuable resources. Give and Take days also offer people on low incomes the chance to pick up items they might need.”

Following on from successful similar events earlier this year, the next one will be held at Glusburn Institute in Glusburn on Saturday June 5 from 9.30am to 2.30pm

Becki, who is based at the YDNPA offices in Grassington, said: “We are asking people to bring along items that they don’t need anymore or that they want to give away. Anything from plants, books, bric a brac, electrical goods or small items of furniture – but no textiles, clothes or foam-filled furniture). All items should be clean and in good working order. There will be an electrician on hand to safety check any electrical items that are brought along.

“These events are unusual in that no money changes hands. We want people to have a good look round and help themselves to what they want at no cost.

“Hopefully, the ‘Give and Take’ days will encourage re-use and recycling of waste keeping perfectly good items away from landfill. At the previous give and take days, approximately one tonne of waste was diverted from landfill for each event, and virtually all items donated were taken away by others. Any items in good condition left over after the event are donated to charity.“

For further details, contact John Sutcliffe on 01756 706303 or Becki Tighe at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority on 01756 751610 or becki.tighe@yorkshiredales.org.uk

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