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Ways to donate your items

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Monday 1 February 2021

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 get rid of almost anything.

Ways to get rid of your items without leaving home

Try giving away or selling your stuff through popular social media platforms such as Facebook selling groups and auction websites such as 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 76,000+ 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. They are always happy to accept good quality secondhand items when open.

For larger items such as furniture, white goods and electrical items you can call your local furniture project. If you have items from chests of drawers, wardrobes and bed frames to washing machines, tumble dryers and microwaves in good condition, 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:

For Basildon, visit the British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical Store

For Braintree, visit the British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical Store

For Brentwood, visit Lighthouse Furniture Project Ltd (which has been vetted and approved by Trading Standards under the Buy with Confidence scheme to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair way)

For Chelmsford, visit the British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical Store

For Colchester, visit Emmaus

For Epping Forest, visit Epping Forest ReUse

For Harlow, visit Environmental Conservation Cooperative (ECCO)

For Rayleigh, visit Hopeworx Reuse Centre

For Tendring, visit The Tendring Furniture Scheme

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.