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 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.

Furniture

 

Mattresses

 

Computers etc

 

Electrical

 

Gardening Equipment / Plant Pots

  • Local community gardens
  • Local horticultural college

 

Bicycles

  • If workable put it on adverts.ie or freetradeireland.com
  • Rebike in Dungarvan, Co Waterford renovate unwanted bikes and donate them to those who may not have access to one.
  • If not some councils facilitate the return of bicycles through recycling facilities
  • Some shops that sell second-hand bikes might be interested in taking them

 

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

 

Worn-out Clothes

  • 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

 

Worn-out Shoes

  • Liberty Recycling in Dublin 2 sends worn out leather shoes to Africa so that the leather can be used to make crafts.

 

Bras

 

Toiletries & Medical

  • Women’s Refuges, although phone ahead to check first.
  • The Alice Leahy Trust
  • The Homeless Period takes period related toiletries like tampons, pads etc.
  • Toiletry Amnesty in the UK has a useful online directory of organisations that will take old toiletries, mostly UK based for now. Caroline Hirons is another option for those based in Wales
  • You can recycle used contact lens through Terracycle but unfortunately the only drop off points in Ireland currently are in Boots stores in Belfast.
  • L’Occitane take some beauty and hair product packaging, even for other brands, in their stores for recycling.

 

Books & Stationary

 

Packaging

 

Misc

  • 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.
  • Tools for Solidarity in Northern Ireland send refurbished sewing machines, knitting machines and leather machines for use by disadvantaged communities in Africa.

 

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!

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20 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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  8. I LOVE your blog, congrats on it, it’s my go to before buying anything these days. Any idea where to recycle old cd’s, cd cases and hard disks (the ones that came after floppy). I have loads, mostly blank. Thank you.

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    • That’s so nice of you to say. Thanks Grainne. Are the CD’s computer CD or music CD’s? If it’s the former then maybe your local community garden would use them as bird scarers. If it’s the latter then your charity shop might take them. I also believe there is a way to remove the coating on them so that you end up with clear plastic discs which might be useful in art projects. I met a lady at the MADE festival in Dublin over the summer who does this.

      The charity shop might also take the CD cases because these frequently get damaged and they might want to replacements for good CD’s that they want to sell in the shop. Otherwise i believe teachers use them in schools for some type of project work.

      Hard disks are a tricky. I really don’t think they’re of any real use anymore. Why not contact one of the companies that recycles IT and ask them for their advice? Or in your local Laptop repair centre. They might know the best way to dispose of them.

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  9. Hi. A great recycling resource for bikes to add to your list. Rebike based in Dungarvan, Waterford take donations of old bikes and refurbish them to donate to families who may not be able to afford bikes.

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    • Oh, great. Thanks for letting me now. Will update the list now. If you have any sort of mailing list please add me on. I’ve a Facebook Page where I post ‘eco-news’ so am always happy to hear about eco-events / developments around the country. You’ll find my email on the About Me page. Elaine

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  10. I found your blog today. I’m so delighted. So much useful information!!! Thank you for all your work and keep it Going please!!!

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