Did you know 10 million household items are sent to landfill every year? 3 million of these items could be re-used by people in crisis.
Reuse services in north London
- Give and Take Days are community exchange events where people can bring any household item(s) that is in good condition but they no longer want. These items are then offered for free to anyone who would like them. You don’t need to bring something in order to take something else.
- Repair Cafés are events where you can bring along old or damaged items to be potentially fixed by repair specialists, for free. In addition to fixing an item, the repair specialists will train you one-on-one throughout the repair process, so that you can repair your item yourself in the future. A Repair Café is not a place for people to simply drop off broken items, but you will get to interact with the repair specialists, learn skills and build a relationship with the processes and materials that go into the manufacturing of products.
- Ifixit is an open source and free repair guide for everything.
- Freecycle and Freegle are an online platforms helping people give and get stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. Nextdoor (a private social network in your local neighbourhood, with a ‘free items’ section).
- Sell or give away on online via websites like Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace.
- eBay is an online auctioning site where you can buy and sell items.
- There are also some charities who will collect good quality reusable items for free such as Sue Ryder and British Heart Foundation.
- London Community Resource Network (LCRN) pioneers community-based solutions for waste prevention, recycling and re-use across the capital. It acts as a champion, catalyst and connector, helping grass-roots charities and other organisations to engage with their local communities and involve them in reducing, re-using, recycling and re-distributing resources – for maximum social, economic and environmental benefit.
- Contact your local council; they might have a furniture reuse collection service. If you live in Camden, Haringey, Islington or Waltham Forest, reuse shop, Brighsparks, will collect furniture to sell items at affordable prices. Search on the Reuse Network directory which can show you reuse organisations and social enterprises near to where you live.
- You can take reusable furniture to one of north London’s reuse and recycling centres where they can be put aside and sold in our reuse shop, Second Time Around.
Looking for low-cost large household items, or have items to donate? A bed, a cooker or a fridge - these are things that most of us take for granted. However, not everyone can afford new ones. By donating old furniture and white goods like cookers or fridges to a local reuse project you could really make a difference to someone else’s quality of life as well as reducing the amount of furniture that goes to landfill every year. There are lots of ways to donate, sell, find or buy second hand items in north London.
Please note that this list has been provided in good faith, but should not be taken as exhaustive or as an endorsement of the companies listed.
Know of any others? Please let us know and we’ll update this list.