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February 6, 2010

On Saturday the 13th, the Tipping Point Climate Infoshop on Gillingham High Street, is hosting an unusual all day ’swaparama’. With the tag line ‘what’s mine is yours’, the idea is a simple extension of our normal swapshop. People are encourage to bring stuff they no longer want and swap it for things that they do.

Have you got lots of unwanted x-mas pressies that need a new home? Fed up of wearing the same old clothes?

Come along and swap unwanted clothes, books, games, videos and anything else you think someone might want, for something you need.

The event will start at 12am with open table-top swapping through till 5pm. There will also be people on hand to give advice about composting and recycling.

We want to encourage people to buy less stuff because over consumption is putting our planet and people in danger.

Buying less and sharing more not only saves money and our environment, but also helps you get to know others in your community better. Which is why we are also hosting a speed dating style dinner party. Everyones welcome, just bring some food or drink to share and be ready to take part in a few games we have in store! After the meal the party atmosphere will continue with reverse strip poker, short films, incidental open mic and more.

The aim of the event is to connect the social impacts of resource consumption and climate change – as well as to promote the existence of initiatives such as the swapshop and freegle which help to keep usable items out of landfill.

Nearly 70% of rubbish sent to landfill sites could be recycled or composted. With landfill tax approaching £40 per tonne, local authorities are spending tens of millions of pounds dealing with waste each year. This represents the largest single item within peoples council tax.

In the Medway area, the recycling rate currently stands at around 35%. Medway Council, which is supporting the event, aims to increase the recycling rate to at least 45% by 2015 and 55% by 2020.

Join the fun on Saturday 13th Feb – 12-5pm
‘Speed dating’ style dinner party 5 -7pm
films and open mic after

@Tipping Point, 46 High Street, Library end, opp Peacocks.

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