Groundwork London and the London Community Resource Network (LCRN) have launched five new reuse hubs on housing estates across London. The hubs, known as ‘The Loop’, will collect, refurbish and redistribute unwanted wooden furniture, clean sofas and white goods; equip local people with the skills and resources to reuse more; reduce fly-tipping and improve the local environment.
The five Loop hubs are located at:
The Loop @ Pembury Estate in Hackney, in partnership with Peabody.
- The Loop @ Grahame Park Estate in Barnet with Genesis Housing.
- The Loop @ White City Estate in Hammersmith, in partnership with The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
- The Loop @ Samuel Lewis Trust Estate in Lambeth, in partnership with Southern Housing Group.
- The Loop @ Andover Estate in Islington in partnership with The London Borough of Islington and Bright Sparks.
From the end of October, local residents have been able to take advantage of a free doorstep collection service, through which they can donate their unwanted items to be fixed, reused or recycled on the estates. More information, and a full list of items accepted by The Loop can be found on the website: www.theloops.london.
The creation of the five Loops will be complemented by a community engagement programme to tackle the root causes of fly-tipping and encourage positive environmental action. The hubs will also offer accredited training, employment and volunteering opportunities for residents.
The Loops are part of the REPURPOSE project, delivered by Groundwork London and the London Community Resource Network along with local partners, with funding from the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme. This ground-breaking new project will support residents to create community reuse enterprises on their housing estates, transforming redundant spaces and equipping local people with new skills and resources.
www.repurpose.london, or contact Sophie Maqsood, Principle Project Manager at Groundwork London at firstname.lastname@example.org.