Green Santa needs your unwanted gifts!

Do you have unwanted Christmas presents or good quality used items that you no longer need? Then donate them to the Green Santa when he visits Norwich later this month.

Do you have unwanted Christmas presents or good quality used items that you no longer need? Then donate them to the Green Santa when he visits Norwich later this month.

Norfolk County Council is hosting a Choose2Reuse Donate It! event at the Forum in Norwich on Thursday January 25 from 10am-2pm. The aim is to promote the use of local charity shops and emphasise the need for good quality and reusable items.

Green Santa will be there with his red sleigh and recycling elves to collect small, good quality, reusable items which will be distributed to charity shops. The elves from Norfolk County Council and the Reuse Champions (volunteers from various charities and furniture reuse groups) will be on hand to receive donations, give advice on how to reduce the amount of waste we create and ask people to sign a pledge of support.

Ian Monson, Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment, said: “A visit from Green Santa is a great opportunity to donate small items like unwanted Christmas presents to a good cause. Too many of us still throw good quality items we no longer need into the rubbish bin, which then end up in landfill sites. We all need to reduce the amount of rubbish we create and this is a great way to use our unwanted goods to support local charities.”

Campaign Manager, Nikki DiGiovanni, said: “I am delighted to be part of Choose2Reuse, an awareness-raising campaign which seeks to increase the quality and amount of donations received by charity and furniture shops so more money is raised for good causes and fewer natural resources are wasted. We would like to thank Norfolk County Council for demonstrating their support for the campaign and charity/community sector.”

If you would like to become a Reuse Champion or would like more details about the campaign or event, contact Nikki DiGiovanni on 01354 742300 or nikki@ccorrn.org.uk.

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