Give or Take is a simple way for people to give away things they don't need or take things they do.

Choose the area you live in from the list on the left, then have a look at what's available. You can also advertise something to give away yourself, or place an ad for something you are looking for. All for free.

Can we get a site?

If you feel your area would benefit from a Give or Take site, then please get in contact using the details on the right. We are currently working with London boroughs and other local authorities to extend coverage. There is a cost involved to cover the expenses involved in building the site, hosting, and the use of the bespoke content management system, but we are a not-for-profit organisation and our main drive is to encourage people to recycle and re-use.


The encouragement of recycling and re-use are global issues and if you think it's a good idea, why not get a Give or Take site for your area. The content can be in any language and can cover any location. Contact us if you are interested.

Where is the idea from?

It started in 1998 when we (Forest Recycling Project) started holding Give or Take events in and around Waltham Forest. We would collect re-usable items people would otherwise throw away, take them to a school or community centre on a Saturday, open the doors and let people come in and take whatever they fancied.

These events have become so popular that we try to hold them monthly and at each event around 3 tonnes of 'stuff' is saved from going down the dump.

This site is a way of extending the concept so that everybody can find a good home for something too good to throw away, and also a way of making Give or Take available 365 days a year rather than just 12.

Can we run an event?

If you would like to hold a Give or Take event in your area, the following documents may help.

How to Hold a Give or Take
Give or Take Toolkit

The London Sustainability Exchange also produce helpful documents for setting up and running a sustainable event which you can download below.

Sustainable Event Checklist
Sustainable Venue Benchmarking Tool
Key Performance Indicators for a Sustainable Event