Where can I recycle?
If you’ve got an item of furniture that you don’t need anymore and it could be used by someone else, why not consider the following options…
Pass them on…
Charity and re-use organisations
- Some items of furniture can be donated to a charity shop, a furniture re-use organisation or local community project;
- Check to see if your council offers a collection service for re-use;
- Upholstered furniture such as sofas and mattresses need to have their fire safety label intact – otherwise charities and re-use organisations are unable to sell them on.
- It’s always worth checking what type of furniture can be donated, different charity and re-use organisations often collect slightly different items.
- Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle;
- Or sell them on websites like eBay, Gumtree and Preloved.
Friends, family and local events
- Ask family and friends – often they can use the things we don’t want anymore;
- Sell smaller items locally at car boots, nearly new and bring and buy sales (Car Boot Junction lists UK car boot sales);
- Put an ad in the local newspaper or shop window;
- Look out for local swapping events – you might even bag yourself a bargain in return!
Give repairing a go…
If you have items which are broken and need a lick of paint or a simple repair to get them back into shape, why not have a go? With a bit of practice and TLC your old furniture could take on a whole new lease of life! If you are unsure, ask family or friends for help.
Alternatively, check online for local repair services or look in telephone directories.
How can I recycle it?
Furniture that cannot be re-used by someone else can often be recycled, especially items made from wood and metal.
- Most furniture can be recycled at your local recycling centre;
- Visit our ‘Can I recycle it?’ page to find your nearest recycling centre that accepts these items;
- Your local council may be able to provide you with a collection service – contact them for more details.