North Londoners invited to enter upcycling competition in bid to tackle waste


North Londoners are invited to enter the London Upcycling Competition for a chance to win prizes worth up to £150, if their upcycled furniture item is judged a winner.

The competition is now open and there are just 25 places, so keen amateur upcyclers are urged to register now at  Entries close on Monday 16 October 2017.

Following on from last year’s success North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and environmental charity Groundwork London have joined forces to run the London Upcycling Competition.  The competition will be judged and the winners announced at the accompanying London Upcycling Show during the European Week for Waste Reduction (18-26 November).

The 2017 competition will see people and organisations who live, work or study in the north London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest turning old furniture pieces into upcycled masterpieces.

Entrants will receive a piece of furniture to upcycle and all entries will be judged on 19 November at the second London Upcycling Show taking place from 11am to 3pm at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall (E17 4JF). Those that take the challenge will have the chance to win up to £150 to spend at a DIY store and all entries will receive a goody bag.

Entrants will then have the opportunity to keep their finished creation or donate it to one of the reuse hubs run by Groundwork London as part of their Repurpose project.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of North London Waste Authority said:

“We are delighted to be hosting the second London Upcycling Show this year after its success in 2016. The competition is a fun way to encourage reuse and repair and help north London residents preserve valuable resources and divert reusable items from disposal.”

Ben Coles, Director of Communities and Environmental Services at Groundwork London, said:

“This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy giving pre-loved furniture a make-over, or for those who’ve always wanted an excuse to try. Everyone loves a good ‘before and after’, and this competition gives some added incentive and assistance for people to think creatively and do that bit extra to rejuvenate an item that might otherwise be thrown away.

“As an environmental charity we love helping people get excited about reusing and recycling more – while simultaneously rescuing valuable resources from disposal and improving the local environment. Learning how to repair and repurpose things is also a really handy skill to share among communities.”

Competition open for entries: Monday 2 October 2017
Competition entries close: Monday 16 October 2017
Judging and winners announced: Sunday 19 November 2017, 11am to 3pm at Walthamstow Assembly Hall (E17 4JF)

Prizes on offer: DIY store vouchers worth up to £150
Registration link:

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