Can’t Give it Away? (bet you can)

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.

Donate it

Baby equipment and clothesLittle Village lists 200 Baby banks that take donated goods

Bedding – some animal rescue centres and vets use unwanted bedding but check first

BikesRecycle-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.

BrasBras Against Breast Cancer has 800 bra banks ; Bravissimo collects them in stores

CamerasShutterhub 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.

Cosmetics – unopened: Beauty Banks ; Opened or unopened: Toiletries Amnesty.

Cotton tote-bags – some charity shops will take these for customers to use instead of plastic bags; some food banks appreciate these

Electrical goodsCurrys accept unwanted tech whether or not it works & wherever it was bought. They fix it & give to charity (or recycle if irreparable

FurnitureBritish 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 jarsre-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 phonesHubbub’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 materialsPackshare 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

ShoesVariety 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)

SocksLondon Sock Company collects any socks if clean (pairs or odds, holey is OK)  to make scarves & fingerless gloves for Crisis

Sell it

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.

Give it away

Give away items on FreegleFreecycle  or other free recycling sites. Nextdoor app is also good for this

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