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Global Action plans Big Swap’ in East London for old gifts

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:32 05 October 2010

UNWANTED Christmas gifts could find a use at a charity do’ in London’s East End where organisers aren’t tapping you for money for once. The Big Swap’ on Sunday won’t cost you anything and you won’t go away empty-handed either

By Mike Brooke

UNWANTED Christmas gifts could find a use this weekend at a charity do’ in London’s East End where organisers aren’t tapping you for money for once.

It won’t cost you anything and you won’t go away empty-handed either.

Anyone with presents or other household items looking for a new home’ are being invited by the Global Action Plan environment charity to bring them to its Big Swap’ on Sunday.

“It’s not a fundraiser,” assured a publicist at Sky TV which is helping promote the charity. “It’s about recycling and is aimed at educating people to live a more sustainable’ life by reusing things we might chuck, including unwanted Christmas presents festering at the back of the wardrobe.”

Exchange’ stalls are being set out for electrical goods, clothes, fashion, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac.

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.”

The Big Swap’ is being held at the Central Foundation Girls’ School sports hall in Harley Grove, off Bow Road in Bow, on Sunday (Jan 31) from 11am to 2pm.


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