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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

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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.

SchemeTelephone numberOpening times

East Durham Partnership

1 Kilburn Drive
Sea View Industrial Estate

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
DL17 0PB

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

Haswell Mencap Furniture Enterprise

11 Church View

0191 526 0957Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

King's Church Furniture Re-Use Scheme

King's Centre
Whessoe Road

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

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 Enterprise
Furniture / bedsYesYesYesYesYes
Electric cookersYesYesYesYesYes
Fridges and freezersYesYesYesYesYes
Washing machinesYesYesYesYesYes
Mobile phonesYesNoNoYesYes
TV / audioYesNoYesYesYes
Small electrical itemsYesYesYesYesYes
Garden equipmentYesYesYesYesYes
House clearancesYesYesYesYesNo

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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