Your local recycling centre will take a lot of items for recycling and charity shops are 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.
- Mosa Studios – (High End Eclectic style)
- Table Lighting Chair (mid century 1950s furniture, Dublin)
- Kirkmodern (mid century 1950s furniture, Dublin)
- Retrorumage (mid century 1950s furniture, Dublin)
- Seven Wood – (Midcentury antiques located in Portobello, Dublin 8)
- Vintage Limelight – (Midcentury antiques located in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16)
- Beyond Retro (Midcentury antiques located in Templeogue, Dublin 6W)
- Original Compulsive Design (Midcentury antiques located in Kilkenny)
- Christy Bird (antique furniture store), Dublin 2
- Harold’s Bazaar (Wide range of antique furniture located in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6)
- Herman & Wilkinson (auction house), Dublin 6
- City Auction Rooms (auction house) Waterford
- Macs Warehouse, Dublin 8
- Architectural Salvage (salvage) Naas, Co Dublin
- Bailey Gibson (salvage) Galway
- The Upcycle Movement (furniture upcyclers) Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
- Revived & Retro (furniture upcyclers) Tipperary
- BusyBees Furniture (community furniture upcyclers) Dublin 1
- Rediscover Furniture (community furniture upcyclers) Dublin 11
- Revamp 3R (community furniture upcyclers) Longford
- Back 2 New (community furniture upcyclers) Limerick
- Dunhallow Revamping (community furniture upcyclers) Cork
- Revamped (located in Drogheda, Co Louth)
- Altered and Eclectic in Scarrif, Munster
- Galway Artisan Workshop in Galway city
- Oxfam Home (charity) Francis St, Dublin 8,
- NCBI (charity) Francis St, Dublin 8 and Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6
- Mrs Greene’s for Cheeverstown (charity) Dublin 6W
- St Vincent de Paul (charity) Navan Co Meath
- Eco Mattress Recycling Dublin 11
- Boomerang Recycling Ballyvolane, Cork
- Bounce Back Recycling, Galway
- Recycle IT, Dublin 22
- WEEE Ireland, Nationwide
- You can sell mobile phones and tech on musicmagpie.co.uk
- Amazon now has a refurbished electronics section
Gardening Equipment / Plant Pots
- Local community gardens
- Local horticultural college
Duvets & Bedlinen & Bath Towels
- Animal Shelters such as Dogs Trust. (phone before delivering just to check they still take them)
- Some Equine Charities take towels for horses
- Liberties Recycling in Dublin 2 take worn out clothes and convert them into rags for use in industry.
- Worn-out swimsuits can be posted to Davy J Swimwear in the UK
- 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
- Liberties Recycling in Dublin 2 sends worn out leather shoes to Africa so that the leather can be used to make crafts.
- Some charity shops sell lightly-worn bras
- The Cancer Society’s Clothes bins
- Smalls for All (By Post to UK based charity)
- Recycle for Breast Cancer (By Post to UK based charity)
Toiletries & Medical
- 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 recycle used contact lens through Terracycle but unfortunately the only drop off points in Ireland currently are in Boots stores in Belfast.
Books & Stationary
- Opening Minds book stores and the School Supply Centres, in Rathfarnham and Tallaght will take second-hand school books in good condition
- Charlie Byrne book shop in Galway will give store credit in return for pre-loved books in good condition.
- Marrowbone Bookshop in Dublin 8 will take second hand books in good nick.
- The Bookshop in Thurles takes second hand books in good condition to resell.
- Books in good condition can be sold through Amazon
- You can swap books on bookmooch.com
- You can sell books on musicmagpie.co.uk, webuybooks.co.uk,
- Your local library may take them, particularly if they’re specialist in nature.
- See if a local pub or café or hostel has a book exchange shelf
- If you sign up for Terracycle points you can earn cash for a charity or community organisation by collecting and dropping of used Ella Kitchen Food Pouches at the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin, or alternatively they can be dropped into the Dublin Food Co-op in Dublin 8
- You can post used Brita Filters to Brita’s Irish distributors
- If you sign up for Terracycle points you can earn cash for a charity or community organisation by collecting and posting non-savory biscuit wrappers
- Kontanicals will take back your used essential oil bottles and give you a 12% discount on their fabulous organic essential oils.
- You can sell music, games, mobile phones and tech on musicmagpie.co.uk or Ziffit.com
- Stamps can be donated to charities who sell them on to stamp collectors. Participating charities include Barnardos, ISPCC, NCBI, Irish Peatland Conservation Council. If you’re based in the UK there is a list of charities that take stamps on the website Used Stamps for Charities
- Old coins and bank notes and foreign money can be donated to the Irish Peatland Conservation Council
- Old glasses can be donated through some branches of Specsavers or local opticians but they only recycle the materials and donate the money raised to charity, they don’t reuse the glasses. A better option is your local Lions clubs who collect them and send them for reuse in disadvantaged countries through their spectacle recycling scheme.
- Vibrating Sextoys!!!!! Post to Rabbit Amnesty in Bath, UK
- Burst inflatable toys, paddling pools, armbands etc can be sent to Wyatt & Jack, upcycled bag makers in the UK.
- If you bought your kids wetsuit at the Great Outdoors you can bring it back to them and get up to 50% off a new one. Your donated one will be sold on to someone else at a discount. You can also buy second hand ones in store too.
- You can donate pre-loved communion outfits and accessories to the pop-up communion shop Special Occasions in Dublin 5. They give outfits to people in the community for free to help ease the financial burden of the day.
You can also try rehoming stuff on websites like
- Done Deal
- Flog It
- Jumbletown (free items only)
- Freetrade (free items only)
- We Share (free items only)
- Various Facebook Groups
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!