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Reusing furniture and household items


If you're getting new furniture, or have unwanted furniture which you want to get rid of, contact one of the county's furniture reuse schemes. They will collect and make use of your old items.

You'll reduce waste and provide support for local people who may be struggling to furnish their homes.

Contact details and opening times

SchemeTelephone numberOpening times

East Durham Partnership

1 Kilburn Drive
Sea View Industrial Estate
Horden
Peterlee
SR8 4TQ

0191 586 8493Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9.00am - 12.00 noon  

County Durham Furniture Help Scheme

Unit 20
Avenue 3
Chilton Industrial Estate
Durham
DL17 0PB

01388 721 509Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday 9.00am - 1.00pm

Consett YMCA

4c Linden Park
Number 1 Industrial Estate
Consett
DH8 6PD

0120 758 8302 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Woodhouse Close Church Furniture Project

Proudfoot Drive
Bishop Auckland
DL14 6PD

01388 602 935Tuesday and Thursday 9.00am - 2.00pm (collection within an 8-mile radius of Bishop Auckland)

Haswell Mencap Furniture Enterprise

11 Church View
Haswell
DH6 2EA

0191 526 0957Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

King's Church Furniture Re-Use Scheme

King's Centre
Whessoe Road
Darlington
DL3 0QT

01325 469 884
07591 623 469
Monday to Thursday 9.30am - 3.30pm (collect from postcode areas DL1 to DL5)

Moretime Furniture Scheme

IES Centre
Horndale Avenue
Aycliffe Business Park (near the Blue Bridge)
DL5 6DS.

01325 731 294Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm

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What can you donate?

The charities listed below collect unwanted household items such as beds, furniture and electrical items free of charge - if they are re-usable and in good condition:

  • Upholstered items such as sofas, chairs and beds should be clean, without tears and must have the current UK fire safety standard labels attached.
  • All electrical items should be working, be free from rust, reasonably clean and have intact seals.

Items will need to be inspected before collection is agreed and in some instances, the collectors may not be able to accept items. If this is the case they will explain why.

The table below lists the items these charities accept.

 County Durham Furniture Help SchemeEast Durham PartnershipWoodhouse Close Church Furniture ProjectConsett YMCAHaswell Mencap Furniture EnterpriseMoreTime
Furniture / bedsYesYesYesYesYesYes
CarpetsYesNoYesYesYesYes
ComputersYesYesYesYesYesYes
Electric cookersYesYesYesYesYesYes
Fridges and freezersYesYesYesYesYesYes
Washing machinesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Mobile phonesYesNoNoYesYesYes
TV / audioYesNoYesYesYesYes
Small electrical itemsYesYesYesYesYesYes
BikesYesNoYesYesYesYes
Garden equipmentYesYesYesYesYesYes
ToolsYesNoYesYesYesYes
TextilesYesNoYesYesYesYes
House clearancesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Bric-a-bracYesNoYesYesYesYes

Volunteer to help at your local furniture re-use scheme

If you want to volunteer to help at your local furniture reuse scheme, please contact them.