What to do with
How can I recycle it?
Furniture that cannot be re-used by someone else can often be recycled, especially items made from wood and metal.
- Most furniture can be recycled at your local recycling centre
- Use the red 'Where can I recycle?' button above to find your nearest recycling centre that accepts these items
- Your local council may be able to provide you with a collection service - contact them for more details
What else can I do?
Pass them on...
Charity and re-use organisations
- Some items of furniture can be donated to a charity shop, a furniture re-use organisation or local community project. If you live in London, you can also check out this re-use organisation too. The Recycling Locator now lists some of these
- Check to see if your council offers a collection service for re-use
- Upholstered furniture such as sofas and mattresses need to have their fire safety label intact - otherwise charities and re-use organisations are unable to sell them on
- If you live in Northern Ireland, try re:store, a chain of outlets run by the East Belfast Mission. They accept a wide range of donated items
- If you live in Scotland: call the National re-use phone line to donate your furniture on 0800 0665 820
It’s always worth checking what type of furniture can be donated, different charity and re-use organisations often collect slightly different items.
- Pass on items for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle
- Or sell them on websites like eBay, Gumtree and Preloved
Friends, family and local events
- Ask family and friends - often they can use the things we don’t want anymore
- Sell smaller items locally at car boots, nearly new and bring and buy sales (Car Boot Junction lists UK car boot sales)
- Put an ad in the local newspaper or shop window
- Look out for local swapping events - you might even bag yourself a bargain in return!
Give repairing a go...
If you have items which are broken and need a lick of paint or a simple repair to get them back into shape, why not have a go? With a bit of practice and TLC your old furniture could take on a whole new lease of life! If you are unsure, ask family or friends for help.
Alternatively, check online for local repair services or look in telephone directories.