guide for recycling and donating
Knowing there is an outlet for your unwanted items, a chance to make some money or donate to a good cause can be a huge motivation to declutter. Even though I encourage clients to “chuck, cherish or charity” as a way to categorise their belongings, the “chuck” does not mean landfill. Below is a guide to where many of your unwanted items can easily go with less impact on the environment.
Local charity shops will take clean clothes in good condition.
www.icollectclothes.co.uk – doorstop collection
Vinted is a great place to sell clothes
Designer Exchange will sell your luxury clothes, shoes & accessories
Turtle Doves recycle your cashmere into lovely new items and often send a reward
www.smallsforall.org is a charity providing access to underwear garments for both adults and children living in slums, orphanages, and camps for internally displaced people in Africa.
https://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk/recycling/bra-recycling also take donations.
toiletries, make up and medication
Toiletries Amnesty have a directory of local UK organisations that will accept toiletry donations.
Local nightshelters or womens refuge centres may also accept unused toiletries.
Out of date or unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy so it can be safely disposed – just the pill packets, remove the packaging and recycle with cardboard as normal.
Dunelm take towels. bedding and curtains in stores.
Textile banks will recycle certain items depending on area.
Old towels and non feather duvets and covers are often needed by vets or local animal kennels/shelters.
Oxfam and most charity shops take books in good condition.
Antique or rare books can be sold through specialist books shops.
Often locally now there are telephone box libraries or selling sites in supermarkets that are happy to receive free books.
Take unused glasses to local opticians who often have links with charities to send them abroad – check before.
diy and tools
https://menssheds.org.uk/ these are local community initiatives and will take many items for their members to use
Tools with a Mission - collect hand and electric tools (including sewing machines), refurbish them and redistribute across the world for livelihood creation.
Community RePaint is a national scheme sponsored by Dulux that redistributes left over paint to individuals and charities in need.