Downsizing or decluttering? Where to dispose of unwanted ‘treasures’
Many NUS members are downsizing or having a clear out. Here are some suggestions of where you can dispose of things you no longer want. If you can add to this list, please email Nu’s Ecoteam.
Baby equipment and clothes – Little Village lists 200 Baby banks that take donated goods
Bedding – some animal rescue centres and vets use unwanted bedding but check first
Bikes – Recycle-a-bike (Uxbridge) service and refurbish bikes while supporting people with mental health illnesses back into employment. (Kisharon and Watford are not currently taking bikes).
Books – If not in good enough condition for charities to sell, the Children’s Book Project will take OK (and pristine) pre-loved books to give to children in need. Books and CDs can also be donated to Kisharon Langdon.
Cameras – Shutterhub will take any working or broken camera but you have to take or post them to Norfolk
Computers – The Restart Project has an online list of 72 UK projects that take old computers, wipe them securely, and donate on. Here at Northwood we have worked with Second Chance. They can also teach you how to repair your tech goods.
Cotton tote-bags – some charity shops will take these for customers to use instead of plastic bags; some food banks appreciate these
Electrical goods – Currys accept unwanted tech whether or not it works & wherever it was bought. They fix it & give to charity (or recycle if irreparable
Furniture – British Heart Foundation will take any furniture, homeware & electrical items if it is in very good condition and there is a fire safety label on anything with material (e.g. mattress, divan bed base). They collect from your home. Otherwise try Olio. This app was originally created for people to give away surplus food but will now take anything, including furniture not pristine enough for the BHF.
Glass jars – re-use is better than recycling. Olio set up as an app for donating unwanted food and now takes non-food items, from glass jars to beds (don’t need to be perfect)
Mobile phones – Hubbub’s Community Calling gives unwanted phones to the digitally excluded; if they can’t be fixed, extract and sell the precious metals to run their service
Packaging materials – Packshare connects people with packaging to pass on to businesses keen to re-use packaging.
Records, CDs, DVDs, & games – Charity shops like All Aboard will often take these. Books and CDs can also be donated to Kisharon Langdon. Alternatively Ziffit is a trade-in app that buys some for petty cash
Shoes – Variety has 7,000 shoe banks that accept shoes in any state (including odds). Clarks, Shuh, Vivo Barefoot, and Nike (trainers only) also take back unwanted shoes (mostly any brand)
Socks – London Sock Company collects any socks if clean (pairs or odds, holey is OK) to make scarves & fingerless gloves for Crisis
Sell on E-bay (you can opt to donate some or all of the proceeds to your chosen charity but eBay takes a cut so you may just prefer to donate the proceeds yourself. Alternatively Depop and Vinted are good for clothing. Facebook Marketplace is another option.