What to recycle / donate where?

Upcycled Furniture by Zoe Murphy

Your local recycling centre will take a lot of items for recycling and charity shops re great for general items in good condition but for those tricky items here are a list of other places to try. Remember though, it’s always better to repair or reuse your own goods than to recycle it if possible.





Computers etc




Gardening Equipment / Plant Pots

  • Local community gardens
  • Local horticultural college




Duvets & Bedlinen

  • Animal Shelters such as Dogs Trust. (phone before delivering just to check they still take them)


Worn-out Clothes

  • Liberties Recycling in Dublin 2 take worn out clothes and convert them into rags for use in industry.
  • Worn out tights (pantyhose) can be sent to Swedish Stockings who will reply with a voucher off their products.
  • Some charity shops will accept worn out clothing to sell to ‘rag’ companies


Worn-out Shoes

  • Sometimes Clarke’s store have bins where you can donate worn-out shoes
  • Liberties Recycling in Dublin 2 sends worn out leather shoes to Africa so that the leather can be used to make crafts.





  • Women’s Refuges, although phone ahead to check first.
  • The Alice Leahy Trust
  • Toiletry Amnesty in the UK has a useful online directory of organisations that will take old toiletries, mostly UK based for now.







You can also try rehoming stuff on websites like


Finally, if you have a specialist item that you has value but you haven’t been able to rehome consider dropping it into an appropriate shop. I inherited an open-box of pen refills for a quality brand pen that I didn’t own so I dropped them into the the Pen Corner in Dublin 2, who stock that brand. They get free stock, I get empty space in my house – win win!



11 thoughts on “What to recycle / donate where?

  1. I didn’t know the cancer society took bras, I’ve never seen any bins. I want to get rid of some bras, and was planning on posting them to Smalls For All but I will have another look in the cancer soc shop 🙂


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