Hillingdon residents encouraged to reuse, recycle, and save some money

Wednesday 4 October 2023: Hillingdon Council brought its Repair and Reuse Day to Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre in Hayes on Saturday 23 September, helping local people to think about mending and repurposing things they already own instead of spending money on new items.

Man in high vis fixes woman's bike
A number of organisations were on hand to offer advice, including Dr Bike, Freegle, Learn Hillingdon (adult education), Hillingdon Friends of the Earth, the Austin Sewing Club, Hillingdon Repair Café and the Restart Party. 

TRAID, who the council partners with to offer residents textile recycling collections direct from their homes, had bookable workshops. They helped residents to repair 19 garments, gave advice about others and received 5.3kgs of donated clothing. 

Hillingdon Friends of the Earth helped to mend small electrical items brought in by residents and the council's recycling team was on hand to answer recycling questions that people had, they spoke to approximately 250 residents. 

Hillingdon Council's Dr Bike team repaired a remarkable 28 bikes in four hours and the Austin Sewing Club talked to residents, sharing tips and advice about sewing. 

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Residents' Services said: "Our aim of being a green, sustainable borough is achieved by everybody working together. Events like our Reuse and Repair Day help us to make the best of what we have, tackle the Climate Emergency and save some money. 

"In addition to our free, weekly recycling collections, we also take batteries for recycling in all our libraries, offer bookable textile collections from residents' homes and we take everything from NHS walking aids to furniture and children's toys, to be reused at Harefield Civic Amenity Site." 

You can find ways to reuse and recycle even more items on our website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/recycling-schemes  

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