Community Recycling and Reuse projects
also known as: Recycling projects, Reuse projects.
An ideas/links page for people hoping to set up or become involved with a community reuse/recycling project. This is also a page for people who would like to donate goods to reuse organisations, to use the 'swap shops' or to find out about other waste/environmental community projects.
Community reuse and recycle
Donating your household waste to a community recycling organisation or charity is a great way to recycle and help others at the same time. Below is a list of different organisations, mostly local, that may be able to make good use of your unwanted household items.
Please be aware that each organisation may have different restrictions on what they can and can’t accept.
Local charity shops
Please check directly with your local charity shops as they may be looking for certain items of furniture to sell.
Check which organisations are looking for donations of certain items
You can donate furniture to local schemes or charities:
If you live in south east Northumberland and have furniture that can be reused, Blyth Revive is a community organisation that may remove your furniture for free. Go to therevive website or call 01670 368665 for more information.
St Oswalds operates a collection service for good quality furniture or electrical goods that you would like to donate for resale in their charity shops. Please visit the St Oswalds Hospice website or call 0191 246 8123 for more details and to arrange a collection.
A not for profit organisation, based in Wallsend, who collects unwanted but reusable furniture items donated by local households free of charge. Go to Community Link website for more information.British Heart Foundation
Book a free furniture and electrical collection by visiting the British Heart Foundation web page. Someone from the BHF will give you a call within 48hrs to confirm your booking and check that they can accept your items.The British Heart Foundation can also collect donations of good quality clothing, accessories, shoes, books, CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac at the same time, if you’re having a clear out
Recycle Your Furniture & Refunk Your Junk relies mainly on furniture donations from the North East area and can arrange collections. Visit their website for more information
Hexham furniture project
Please phone 01434 607509 to find out more about the items that can be collected or dropped off at the centre. (Items must comply with Fire Safety Regs 1988.)
Ovingham Green Group
Find out more (word doc link) about recycle and reuse groups in and around Wylam.
A community enterprise for the refurbishment of white goods in Gatsehead. Go to the Renew website for more information.
Go to the Acorn website for more information what they recycle.
Book a free electrical collection by visiting the British Heart Foundation web page. Someone from the BHF will give you a call within 48hrs to confirm your booking and check that they can accept your items.
Donate your old bikes to Recyke y’bike for reconditioning, resale or for end destination West Africa, South Africa and Uganda.
The Conservation Foundation’s Tools Shed recycles and repairs garden tools in association with HMP Northumberland.
Once they have been refurbished in the prison’s workshops, they are given free to school and community gardens.
Please take any broken or unwanted garden hand tools (no petrol of electricity driven ones please) to the Tools Shed collection point in the Plant Centre at The Alnwick Garden.
More details at: www.conservationfoundation.co.uk.
Swap shops for furniture household, garden goods and bric a brac etc. are:
National community waste / recycling organisations
Have a look at the following national organisations who may offer to collect unwanted items or give advice on how to reuse / recycle.
- Community Waste Information Centre.
- Furniture re-use network.
- National Community Wood Recycling Project.
- Community Composting Network.
Household waste recovery centres
Don’t forget – you can dispose of many bulky household items at your local Household Waste Recovery Centre free of charge. Find out more here
Bulky waste collection service
Or use our Bulky Waste Collection Service – arrange a collection at a time that is convenient for you. Find out more here.
This useful guide will tell you how to recycle, reduce and reuse different materials safely.
Find out more about:
- Real nappies campaign
- Waste education in schools
- Home composting
- WARPIT – buying furniture or other equipment for use in schools? You may find that you do not need to buy a new item of furniture or a specific piece of equipment. Find out more here.
- Real nappy week - 15th - 21st April 2013
- Compost Awareness Week - 6th – 12th May 2013
- Recycle week - 17th – 23rd June 2013