Do you have an item you no longer want or need, but it is still useable, and fit for purpose? It could be used by someone else or put to a different use (an old yoghurt pot can be used as a plant pot!).
Donating furniture and other large items, such as washing machines, to charity is a great way to reuse items and help people at the same time. There are a variety of methods to help you donate the items as easily as possible.
These are now available at selected Household Waste Recycling Centres across Staffordshire. Both hard and soft furniture items such as sofas, tables, chairs and beds can be taken to the special containers based at Stone, Cheadle, Biddulph, Leek and Cannock Recycling Centres. Staffordshire based charities The Furniture Mine and Home Comforts collect furniture from the containers and refurbish it before providing it to people in need.
Burton YMCA Task Force,
24 Borough Rd,
Registered Charity No. 1077798
Unit 1, Ranton Park,
Hawks Green Cannock
Michael Lowe’s and Associated Charities Furniture Transfer Scheme
20 St John Street
Tel: 01543 262491
Stafford Furniture Exchange
1 Sash Street,
Unit 2, Carlton House Estate,
Top tips from the furniture reuse network
- Reusable furniture only – we undertake cleaning and minor repairs.
- Furniture will need to be inspected before we agree to collect.
- Soft furnishings such as suites, easy chairs and beds must carry a flame retardant label.
- From time to time, our collectors may not be able to accept your items. This is usually because the item may require too much repair work or does not meet current legislation regarding soft furnishings. If this is the case, they will explain the reasons why.
- If we believe the furniture is not suitable for resale, you will be expected to make your own arrangements for disposal through the household recycling centres or bulky waste collection services offered through your council.
- When you donate items you will be helping somebody who is living on very low wages or emergency support.
Swap shop websites are becoming more popular; there are many websites which can be used to give away unwanted items, while picking up a few things you do want, all for free!
- Could you paint the wooden set of draws so they match the new colour scheme in your bedroom, instead of getting rid of them?
- Could you cut the legs of your jeans with the holes in the new, to create a cool pair of shorts?
- Could you use empty glass bottles and jars as alternative vases for flowers?
- Could you collect the beads from that broken necklace to make a new bracelet?
Get creative! Not only does this create bespoke items no one else with have, but it can save you lots of money too.