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Ways to donate your items

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Friday 1 December 2023

We all have stuff cluttering our homes, but it’s quick and easy to donate your items to great causes or to people in your local community in Essex. From furniture and white goods to clothing and toys, you can pass on almost anything.

Ways to get rid of your items without leaving home

Try giving away or selling your stuff through popular platforms such as Facebook, eBay and Gumtree. It’s easy to find someone local wanting your items, often they will even collect from you.

If you are looking to give your items away for free to people in your community, you could join the 93,000+ residents already using Freegle in Essex. Find out how to join your local Freegle group.

How to donate your stuff to local good causes

For smaller items such as clothing, toys, books and bric-a-brac, you could donate to your local charity shop. Please check if they accept the items you wish to donate and you may need to make an appointment.

Residents can donate larger electrical appliances (such as dishwashers, freezers, fridges, ovens, tumble dryers and washing machines) to the Lighthouse Furniture Project at designated areas of the following recycling centres:

These items are repaired and refurbished, and then are passed on or sold at affordable prices in the local community. Find out more about this partnership.

For larger items such as furniture, white goods and electrical items you can call your local furniture project. They may even be able to collect from you.

Each furniture project will have a slightly different purpose, from supporting low income families in the community to providing jobs and training opportunities. Local furniture projects in Essex include:

Essex County Council cannot be responsible for the safety or description applied to any products supplied via our partners' reuse and recycling websites. We would strongly recommend that anyone wishing to obtain goods via this route seek advice on how to check the safety of consumer items.