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Too good to throw away?

Washing pile of folded winter jumpers

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Do you have items which are too good to throw away? It’s quick, easy and free to pass on your items and you may not even need to leave home!

Your items could help people in your local area

In Essex we’re lucky to have many reuse organisations to choose from. More and more of us are donating and purchasing items from these organisations meaning you are supporting local people and great local community causes.


Freegle is an online platform that helps people give and get items for free in their local community! It’s a great way to support your local community and save items from being thrown away . The types of items you can give and get on Freegle ranges from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on using Freegle!

It’s easy and free to join Freegle – join your local Freegle group today:

Charity shops

Visit your local charity shops – they are always happy to accept good quality donations, and are also great places to find a bargain too!

Sell your unwanted items

Have you ever tried selling your unwanted items online? There are many popular websites which make it easy; you could even try a car boot sale.

There are many easy and free ways to pass on your unwanted items, without needing to throw them away! So why not give one of these many options a try next time you have something you no longer want! If you’re unsure what to do with an item then give our new search function a try – it’s at the top of the page!

Essex County Council cannot be responsible for the safety or description applied to any products supplied via our partners reuse/ 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.