Children learning to love second-hand

Children learning to love second-hand

The children’s storytime and toy swap event saw 111kg of items saved from landfill.

The City of Armadale’s first Children’s Storytime and Toy, Games and Book Swap has been a resounding success, with 111.6kgs of items diverted from landfill.

This saw 23 families attend, with 111.6kgs of items donated; 55kgs of these were swapped and taken home to be used and loved once again, whilst the remaining 56.6kgs were donated to St Vinnies and Drop ‘n’ Shop Reuse Centre, extending their life.

Following on from the Swap Don’t Shop event in November, this now brings the city’s total of diverted materials from landfill to 176.6kgs.

A combined total of 67 percent of items have been swapped, and 33 percent of items repurposed.

These events are showcasing the simple ways the community can actively play a part in recycling and reducing the need to always buy new.

“The success of these swap events are encouraging our community to shift their approach to buying new items and recycling items like clothes, books and toys. By utilising swap events like these, we can reduce the amount of waste and ensure we are maximising the life cycle of these items,” Mayor Ruth Butterfield said.

The next swap event will be a Swap – Don’t Shop Kids edition and will take place during the Armadale Arts Festival in May.