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Donate, reuse or recycle items

Rather than throwing away items you no longer use, you can donate some things to charities, reuse them, return to retailers, or recycle them. 

Large items, like furniture

You can use the freecycle website or ask a charity to pick items up that can be used by others. Charities like these will collect for free: 

Electrical items

You can donate your old personal computers (PCs) and laptops to Community Computers, who will refurbish them to help other people get online. Find out more about Community Computers and arrange a free collection. 

You should not put your old electricals in any of your bins. Everything with a plug, battery or cable must be recycled separately and can either be taken to a recycling centre/tip or you can take items to recycling points in your area.

Search for your nearest electrical recycling point. 


You can take clothes to your local recycling centre/tip. You can also donate to local charities, including Age UK

Renew shops

You can donate good quality items in useable condition to be sold at Recycle for Greater Manchester's Renew Shops, including:

  • Homeware and furniture
  • Garden furniture,
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment
  • Books


The average family of four can save around £60 per month by reducing their food waste by planning meals, storing food better and using leftovers.

Get advice and ideas from Love Food, Hate Waste.


Some supermarkets and other venues now recycle plastic items that can't go in your recycling bins, including:

  • Plastic bags 
  • Drinks lids
  • Food packaging

Find plastic recycling venues near you. 


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