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East End kids help Global Action Plan with old books to recycle

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:32 05 October 2010

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Carmen Valino

EVEN kids get involved in Big Swap’ to help the environment with more recycling. The Global Action Plan charity ran a Big Swap’ get-together in London’s East End where mums and dads were invited to bring the bits and bobs they no longer need and exchange them for anything they take a fancy to

Picture: Carmen Valino

EVEN kids get involved in Big Swap’ to help the environment with more recycling.

The Global Action Plan environment charity ran a Big Swap’ get-together in London’s East End yesterday where mums and dads were invited to bring the bits and bobs they no longer need and exchange them for anything they take a fancy to.

Little Saiid Khensous, 11, and big sister Imani, 12 (pictured), brought in some of the old books they’ve read and decided to recycle them rather than have them ending up in the dustbin.

Then the two young bookworms sorted through books other people had brought in to see if there was anything they hadn’t devoured yet.

But there was a serious message. Charity boss Trewin Restorick said: “Britain sent 24 million tonnes of waste to landfill dumps last year. A large proportion had recycling value that wasn’t recognised.”

Exchange’ stalls were also set out for electrical goods, clothes, fashion, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac at the Big Swap’ held at the Central Foundation Girls’ School in Bow.

For youngsters like Saiid and Imani, learning about a more sustainable’ lifestyle is more an investment’ in their future.

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