Where can I recycle?

If you’ve got an item of furniture that you don’t need anymore and it could be used by someone else, why not consider the following options…

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;
  • 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.
  • 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.

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;
  • Visit our ‘Can I recycle it?’ page 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.