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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.

Like our new Recycle for County Durham on Facebook page to get handy tips and information on reducing waste, reusing, recycling and composting.

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 ProjectDelta North Consett FurnitureHaswell 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.

Contact us
Waste Management
03000 26 1000
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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