Four local organisations regularly collect furniture and other household items from our Reuse and Recycling Centres to be re-distributed at low cost in the local community, primarily to those without the resources to buy new furniture.
Each organisation has a retail outlet open to the public and may also be able to collect directly from your property; please visit their websites below for more information.
The Lighthouse Furniture Project is based in Brentwood
TCL Reuse is based in Ilford and Collier Row
The Reuse Partnership, Second Generation is based in East Tilbury, and they also collect bikes.
The following places don’t collect furniture but do take in other household items.
TrailNet also collect bikes and have facilities in Dagenham and Brentwood.
The Forest Recycling Project is based in Walthamstow and they collect leftover paint.
BIU collect textiles. You can find your nearest bring bank on their website.
Items suitable for reuse
The following items are suitable, if in good condition (the general rule of thumb being ‘would I be happy to have this item in my house’), to be left in the containers:
- Beds (complete)
- Bedside cabinets
- Coat stands
- Coffee tables
- Cutlery sets
- Garden tables and chairs
- Ironing boards
- Pillows and duvets (stain free)
- Pots and pans
- Small lounge units
- Tables and chairs
- Three piece suites
This is not a full list. You may have suitable items that are not covered here, so please ask site staff if you are not sure.
All soft furnishings should have safety labels sewn in. On beds and mattresses this will be blue, on sofas and suites it will be red.
As a general rule items should not be more than 6 feet in any dimension. If it is too heavy to be lifted and manoeuvred by two people, it cannot be accepted for reuse.