What can you give?

Posted on the 21st May 2018

Donations are the lifeblood of our network. Whether you can give one item, or 100, we would love to hear from you.

Our #Every2ndcounts campaign is about encouraging people to think about what unwanted items they have that could help a low-income family turn a house into a home.

We’ve produced this short guide below with information on the sort of things we need, and what to do if we can’t reuse your donation.

What sort of items do you want?

We want everything (if it’s in good condition).

Our network of reuse centres can always use good quality household items that you no longer need. We’re looking for furniture, electrical appliances, IT equipment, textiles, paints, bric-a-brac and even unwanted bicycles that we can give a second chance to.

You can find your nearest Reuse Centre by using our interactive map here: https://reuse-network.org.uk/donate-items/

What condition does it need to be in?

The donations we receive are repurposed and reused for people who need them. For us to be able to pass them on, they need to be in good condition. It doesn’t need to be new, but
any furniture and office equipment should be clean, free from major rips or stains and in good, usable condition.

Upholstered furniture like sofas, armchairs or mattresses must have a fire label otherwise we will not be able to accept it. We cannot pass items which we do not know are safe.

Any electrical devices should be clean, safe and currently working. Bikes should be functional and working with all parts.

As a rule of thumb, ask yourself if you would use it?

What can’t you take?

Each organisation is different, so you will want to check with them when you contact them.

Our service finder allows you to filter by items type so if you can simply select the type of item you have and search in your area for reuse charities that will accept it as a donation.

If you won’t take it, what can I do with it?

There are other sites where you can give your unwanted items a home.

Freecycle is a popular way for people to get rid of their unwanted items. There are often local Facebook groups where you can advertise your items, and find them a new home.

We want to save as much waste as we can, but if you can’t find someone to take your unwanted items, you can take them to local waste disposal sites where they can be left. If the items are too bulky, most local authorities offer a waste collection service. For a fee they will collect your unwanted items and dispose of them.

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