130  Charity and community schemes     


Two guides to cut packaging and re-use waste
WEN's Packaging Action Kit is a step-by-step guide for individuals and
groups on how to tackle waste from a shopping trip.  From the simplest action, such as leaving bags and excess packaging at the checkout (and telling the assistant why), to how to challenge supermarkets to reduce waste and meet their legal obligations, it includes tips on how supermarkets work, community campaigning, and ideas for low-waste shopping.

One person's rubbish is someone else's treasure! 
WEN's Guide to Running a Give or Take Day (Developed with the Forest Recycling Project) is designed for community groups, local authorities or businesses - sometimes groups of businesses get together to organise a Give or Take Day.  They are fun, easy to run and a great way to divert useful items away from landfill into the hands of people who can really use them. Think of a swap shop or jumble sale with no money changing hands.  People can bring along virtually any household items (in good condition) and take away others. At one event a lucky punter snapped up an entire kitchen!  

The Guide covers relevant legislation and pitfalls to avoid.  Maeve Murphy, WEN's Waste Prevention Officer, said: "In the UK we dump a shocking 414 million tonnes of waste in landfill every year - much of this is unnecessary packaging or perfectly good items that someone could use."  

Both guides can be downloaded free from www.wen.org.uk or send £1 each for a hard copy to WEN, PO Box 30626, London E1 1TZ.


General information

Collection and sale of unwanted goods is a traditional fundraising activity both for national charities and smaller, community-based initiatives.  Jumble sales and their variants are the bedrock, followed more recently by the growth of charity shops (now a Yellow Pages classification).  Although they deal mainly in clothing and household bric-a-brac, new 'lines' are constantly being developed, and the Charities Aid Commission publishes a guide to outlets, which includes some dealing in business goods.

Some fairly universal possibilities exist for beneficial use of 'junk' without involving much effort, notably used postage stamps (sold by weight on their paper); foreign coins slipped through cash tills (can be exchanged in bulk); 'air miles' and other types of voucher not always appreciated by recipients.  Well-planned donation schemes may provide a bonus in the form of beneficial publicity.

For organisations considering more ambitious projects, the Groundwork Foundation provides expert advice and assistance, combining benevolent disposal of redundant assets with positive development of corporate image. This does, however, usually involve donation of assets with some residual value.

Community recycling initiatives

These have traditionally been small-scale local schemes, sometimes operating in partnership with local authorities.  They provide free regular collection of wastes suitable for recycling or some form of reuse.  They can contribute significantly to reduced disposal costs and often involve little more than establishing segregated collection and storage arrangements for suitable materials. 

Waste paper is usually the basic commodity, but will not be gratefully received if intermixed with the remainders of sandwiches and sticky vending cups!   Segregation should go much further, since there are enormous differences in value between high grade computer paper and cardboard boxes.  Other selected wastes may also be handled, notably, drinks cans; computer printer cartridges; and scrap materials suitable for craft groups. Some collectors may also be able to remove unwanted furnishings, equipment, etc.

In recent years, however, community-run schemes have begun in several areas to take over the entire job of doorstep collection and segregation of recyclables.  This is an exciting development, showing that with commitment and good organisation, for community schemes, the sky's the limit!

Also see
Paper and card (31)
Furniture and household effects (82)
Tools (85)
Scrapstores (140)

Alphabetical list of organisations

Actionaid Recycling
Tel 0845 3100 200 (collections hotline) or 0117 304 2390   Fax 0117 304 2391
Website www.actionaidrecycling.org.uk  Email recycling@aarecycling.org.uk 
Unit 14 Kingsland Trading Estate, St Philips Road, BRISTOL BS2 0JZ

Recycling arm (started 1993) of Actionaid overseas development charity.  Gives at least 80% of profits to work with over 9 million of the poorest people in over 30 countries.  Free national collection, with storage boxes and freepost envelopes, of printer, photocopier and fax drums and cartridges, and unwanted mobile phones.  Also sells recycled or original cartridges - Tel 0117 304 2396 or sales@aarecyclin.org.uk .  Works with Arsenal Football Club, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Comic Relief, businesses, universities and schools.  Website downloads include Recycling leaflet, Cartridge Guide, Mobile Phone Guide and poster, and Introductory Letter for partnership work.  Other free materials include ideas sheets, posters and fact sheets, also usable for promotion.  Cartridges received are checked for damage, sorted and sold to one of over 50 remanufacturing companies that clean and strip them.  All reusable parts help make new cartridges; remaining parts may be reused in other recycled content products.  Offers annual certificate showing how much money partners have raised; and waste management documents.  Over 10 years experience, millions collected.  Mobile phones:  collects all brands, working or not, with newer phones raising more funds.  Please remove sim cards before sending.  Free envelopes, or courier collection possible for over 20 phones.  Phones are sold for reuse; outlets include http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Actionaid-Recycling-Mobile-Phones .   Remaining phones are sold to a company that replaces faulty parts, or breaks items down into components for reuse and recycling.  "Most charities just lend their name to collection by separate companies" and only receive up to 30% of profits (see CAP Ventures research consultancy's white paper on cartridge collection).  Actionaid receives 80% or more of profits by collecting and organising reuse and recycling itself.  All funds help ensure access to healthcare, food, water, education and shelter.  Believes local communities, governments and international organisations working together bring real change to peoples' lives, overcoming  inequity, injustice and poverty.  Also works with Better food Company (see 440 Organic and low input food and drink).  For further environment information, Actionaid recommends Friends of the Earth www.foe.co.uk .   (Updated Jan 2005)

Avenue Centre

Tel 0208 977 4343 Fax 0208 977 1251
1 Normansfield Avenue, TEDDINGTON, Middlesex TW11 9RP

Centre for people with learning difficulties, supported by London Borough of Richmond, endeavouring to provide beneficial occupational activities to the local community. These include a 'bring' site for recyclable cans, glass and paper. Composting associated with gardening business, allotments, and riding stables. Also have a craft outlet, bakery and cafe.

Barnet Recycling Project

Tel 0208 441 1075
52 Moxon Street, Barnet, LONDON EN5 5TS

Voluntary group recycling initiative.

Brighton Resource Centre
Tel 01273 606160  Fax 01273 673663  
Email info@resourcecentre.org.uk  Website www.resourcecentre.org.uk
Prior House  6 Tilbury Place  BRIGHTON  BN2 0GY
Contact  Kate Chapman 

Charity serving voluntary and community groups in Brighton and Hove area.  Used by around 700 groups annually, from playgroups to environmental campaigns, residents associations to arts organisations.  Open Tue-Fri 9-4.  Reference library, information sheets, advice and training on running community groups, based on groups' needs (committees, constitution, funding, fundraising etc).   Comprehensive website  includes 'Beachcomber' database, providing a pool of information that groups in Brighton and Hove, East and West Sussex have found useful.  So far over 250 types of resource are listed to help groups, with organisation and events, from trestle tables for jumble sales and insurance for playschemes, to projectors for training courses and bouncy castles for street parties.  Also arts and crafts materials.  Website has catalogue of equipment for hire, including computers, copying, scanning and printing equipment, useful for publicity materials.  Additional services available to local groups run by and for people living in areas of social housing, minority ethnic communities or disabled people, their families and carers.  These include free one-to-one advice and training in computer skills, keeping accounts, and other needs.  (Updated May 2003)

CCORRN (Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network)
Tel 01954 260909  Fax 01954 260866 
Website www.ccorrn.org.uk  Email misskaybarnes@ntlworld.com
PO Box 890, Willingham, CAMBRIDGE, Cambs CB4 5ZF
Contact  Kay Barnes, Community Recycling Network Organiser

Develops community reuse and recycling schemes across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  Non-profit partnership between community, public and private sectors.  Aims to: share knowledge, skills and best practice;  help projects access funds for long-term security;  build and strengthen partnerships;  provide easy access to information with various media;  work on joint projects;  raise awareness of reuse and recycling opportunities;  and avoid service provision overlaps.  Offers community sector:  staff time;  funding/fund-raising help;  group meetings;  training opportunities;  trips, events;  useful information, contacts;  network of local groups;  ideas exchange opportunities.  Over 60 members, but keen for more - membership free, available online.  Members include:  Cambridge Foodbank (see 440 organic and low input food and drink);  Schumacher Society;  Compass (Peterborough) Ltd (see 87 Computers, 140 Scrapstores (Restore), and 44 Electrical and electronic scrap);  Cambridge Chamber of Commerce;  and Environment Agency.  Recent CCORRN funding recipients:  OWL (Opportunities Without Limits) wood recycling;  Ferry Project for community composting, can recycling and bicycle repair;  Cambridge SOFA (see 82 Furniture and household goods);  Papworth Trust and Papworth Library recycling facilities;  and reusable nappies projects.  Initially co-ordinated by Anglia Polytechnic University's WasteWISE Champion, Lewis Herbert, CCORRN is a partnership between the University and Cambridgeshire County Council.  Started early 2003 supported by DEFRA Recycling Challenge Fund, and Enventure environmental body administering Landfill Tax Credits for waste operator Donarbon.   (Updated Nov 2004)

Clearing House, The
Tel 01572 737708 Fax 01572 737708
PO Box 4, Oundle, PETERBOROUGH, Cambs PE8 5TG

The Clearing House helps charities to share information, especially about product donations. Redundant goods are frequently offered to charities. A homeless charity, for example, may be offered 200 beds, but be unable to use them all at that time, and cannot afford expensive storage. Some donations of surplus products, eg food, have a short shelf-life, presenting distribution problems. Many companies grow weary of constant telephone calls and associated hassles, and may withdraw from the donation process altogether. The Clearing House, supported by numerous charities upon which it relies, co-ordinates company giving and supervises the logistics of lorries collecting donations, monitoring delivery. During its pilot year the Clearing House redistributed an estimated 300 tonnes of hygiene, food, material and medical products worth about £1.6 million.

Website www.communicycle.com  Email communicycle@communicycle.com 

New website to aid environmentally responsible re-use of items, launched May 2005.  Aims to connect people who want to pass on unwanted items with those who might find them useful, support communities, reduce waste of useable items going to landfill, encourage creative use of items. Bulletin boards.  Like Ebay, but everything is FREE.  Wanted ads welcome if something is offered in exchange.  Donations / sponsorship to Communicycle welcome.  Linked with Ethical Escape, for those who wish to travel lightly and encourage others to do so.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Community Recycling Action Group (Community RAG)
Tel 01582 650636
Website www.community-rag.co.uk
14 Arrow Close, LUTON, Beds LU3 3LR
Contact  Mike Lock

Not for profit recycling collection in Marsh Farm area of Luton, mainly materials not collected by the council.  Blue sacks provided.  Materials, which should be washed, are sorted by hand, some of which end up in normal recycling bins; reminder are sent or taken to recyclers .  Run by neighbourhood volunteer committee.  Good A-Z of materials on website.  CRAG also runs Three Counties Nappy Service, washing and supply  - see section 130.    (Updated Mar 2005)

Community Recycling Network

Tel 0117 942 0142  Fax
0117 9080225
Trelawney House, Surrey Street, BRISTOL BS2 8PS
info@crn.org.uk Website www.crn.org.uk

Umbrella membership organisation for UK community-based recycling and waste management organisations and businesses, set up by Friends of the Earth in 1990.  Promotes community-based sustainable waste management as a practical and effective way of tackling UK's growing waste problem.  Annual conference.  Advice, information and training and research.   Produces The Waste Paper newsletter.  Related activities: Network Recycling www.networkrecycling.co.uk and NORI (National Office Recycling Initiative), set up to help members develop existing office waste collections.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Community Re>Paint 

Tel 0113 243 8777 Fax 0113 234 4222
Email mail@swap-web.co.uk  mark@swap-web.co.uk  Website www.communityrepaint.org.uk  
SWAP, 74 Kirkgate, LEEDS, West Yorks LS2 7DJ
Contact  Mark Gregory, Community Re>Paint Co-ordinator, 0113 200 3951

Of 410 million litres of paint sold each year in the UK ( trade and domestic), 80 million litres (enough to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools) are stored, hoarded in garages or wasted.  Paint can also come from traders, painters and decorators and retail.  When thrown "away", it has until recently been disposed of in landfill.  Community Re>Paint provides a practical solution to this waste stream that is environmentally and socially beneficial.  It is a national network of schemes which diverts one of the most common types of Hazardous Household Waste - unwanted paint - from the waste stream, sorts and redistributes it free for re-use by community groups, charities, and people on low incomes.  About 70 local paint schemes operate around the UK - case studies on website.   Householders can donate surplus paint at drop- off points (usually a walk-in skip) such as a DIY store, civic amenity site, facilities at council or parish offices, kerbside collection, or direct delivery to the scheme's base.  Community Re>Paint schemes are usually run by voluntary groups but with active support from local authorities, DIY retailers and waste management companies.  SWAP offers a £3000 capital grant, promotional material and advice and support on set up and operation.  Main needs are collection site, portakabin or shipping container, and staff, time and finances to keep the scheme going.  The initiative has provided technical advice, training, promotional assistance and some capital grant funding to start local collection schemes.  Website has details of local schemes.  Examples (WasteBook section 82) are ECT and Newbury Community Furniture Project.  Community Re>Paint won Best Minimisation Project at Biffaward Awards 2000.  Unacceptable materials: Paint thinners, brush cleaners, stripper, varnishes and wood stains, preservatives and treatments, car and industrial paint, aerosol and spray paint, paint not in its original container.  Usable paint: emulsion, gloss, eggshell, satin, silk, undercoat, primer, floor, masonry and exterior paint, plus end-of-line paint from retailers.  The national network was begun in 1992, and is co-ordinated by, Save Waste And Prosper, an organisation specialising in sustainable resource management, waste minimisation and recycling.   (Updated Aug 2005)

Community Service Volunteers

Tel 0207 278 6601
237 Pentonville Road, LONDON N1 9NJ

Creates opportunities nationwide for people to play an active part in the life of their communities.

Directory of Social Change

Tel 0207 209 4949 Fax 0207 209 4130
24 Stephenson Way, LONDON NW1 2DP

Research, information and training services for voluntary organisations, especially on fundraising, taxation, charity law, financial management and communication. Promotes business support for the voluntary sector.

ECT Recycling

Tel 0208 832 2494 Fax 0208 832 1983
Email info@ectrecycling.co.uk  Website www.ectrecycling.co.uk   
Greenford Depot, Greenford Road, GREENFORD, Middlesex UB6 9AP

Substantial independent, not for profit charitable community organisation, headed by Ealing Community Transport, set up in 1979, dedicated to serving the community through recycling and transport.  Now largest UK not for profit recycling organisation employing 200 and operating and maintaining 100 vehicles.  Runs local authority contracted kerbside recycling box collections in Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hackney, Hounslow, Lambeth, Richmond, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest; also Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire.  Collects cans, foil, glass, oils, paper, surplus paint and textiles, using purpose-built vehicles. Paint is redistributed to anyone able to use it, via a 'Community Re>paint' scheme established in 1994.  Pioneer of  Furniture Recycling Network, collecting unwanted domestic furniture for those who need it; redistributes office furniture throughout London.  Tests and extracts CFCs from scrap refrigeration equipment.  Piloting kitchen waste collection OWL (Organics in West London) to be made into compost then sold for use in parks and gardens, feeding the soil.  Recycling Hotline 020 8937 5037 for residents with queries about their doorstep recycling service.  Parent company of Lambeth Community Recycling.  Also runs transport services aimed mainly at older and disabled people; and ECT Buses provides some bus routes for London.  (Updated Nov 2003)

Emmaus UK

Tel: 01223 5761030
Email contact@emmaus.org.uk  Website www.emmaus.org.uk 
48 Kingston Street, Cambridge, CB1 2NU 

Emmaus is a social ethics led international, secular organisation, giving previously homeless people accommodation and fulfilling work in over 44 countries.  Furniture and other recycling are among the most successful ways Emmaus UK's Communities do this (see individual Communities in section 82).  A network of self-supporting communities where companions live and work together refurbishing and selling donated goods.  Each Community aims at financial self-sufficiency, while seeking opportunities to support other groups and charities through initiatives run by companions themselves, including: re-distributing clothing and furniture; food banks; soup runs and kitchens; and supporting local night shelters.  'Helping Homeless People Help Themselves', Emmaus integrates community living, work and voluntary activities.  Carlton Community summarises it as: 'A permanent home.  Self supporting.  Meaningful work.  Acquiring new skills.  Helping others.'  Challenges negative stereotypes - nearly all residents want to work, take responsibility for running the Community successfully, actively help others less fortunate, and improve their personal situations through skills and training.  Run, managed and 'owned' locally, communities are open to anyone without a proper home, but insist companions do a week's work within the Community, give up state benefits and avoid alcohol, drugs and anti-social behaviour.  Current UK Communities are: Brighton & Hove, Coventry & Warwickshire, St Martin's Emmaus (Dover), Cambridge, Gloucestershire, Greenwich, Mossley, St Albans, Emmaus Village Carlton.  There are also 16 UK Groups developing new Communities.  Emmaus UK supports Groups wishing to set up Communities, with formation, fundraising, feasibility studies, business plans, site and project development, recruitment, networking, team building, charity registration, publicity and property evaluation.  It supports Communities and trustees additionally with technical advice including charity and company law, health and safety and environmental health, and recruitment including advertising, appointment and staff induction.  All UK Communities are registered charities.   (Updated May 2003)  

Forest Recycling Project

Tel 0208 539 3856
Website www.frponline.org.uk  Email info@frponline.org.uk 
2C Bakers Avenue, Walthamstow, LONDON E17 9AW
Contact: Mark Webster or Charlotte Walker

Not-for-profit community business established 1989, working in London Borough of Waltham Forest and surrounding areas.  Forest Collects is a free collection, mainly for elderly and disabled people, of household items, including furniture, books, bric a brac, tools, garden equipment, garden waste, paint, cardboard, scrap metal (eg fences, gates, radiators), wood, textiles, shoes, sinks, baths and basins.  Will also collect small quantities of hardcore - about 3 rubble bags maximum.  Items collected do not have to be in near-new condition. This is done to help people on low incomes, without their own transport or easy access to it, recycle and reuse household items.  Collected items are recycled and reused in the community.  Initiates community recycling activities and runs workshops to encourage environmental awareness, to help create a sustainable society.   Promotes good practice, and offers environmental audits, in offices and service industries.  Offices: Collects office paper and confidential waste for recycling; also redundant computers ReUse-IT@FRP , toner cartridges, cans, foil and plastic cups.  Sells wide range of recycled goods such as papers, office stationery, cleaning materials, fair trade tea and coffee and other goods.  Free collection (from FRP premises Tue-Fri 10 to 4) and redistribution of unwanted paint, under Community Re>Paint scheme.  Large stock of donated files, folders, envelopes, paper and other office items free to those who need them.  Organises 'Give and Take days' offering free exchange of furniture and household goods - see Give and Take, WasteBook section 120:  www.giveortake.org .  5 paid employees, about 20 volunteers. (Updated Aug 2005)


Worldwide grassroots movement of over 2,300 (since only 2003) local groups of people giving and receiving things free in their own towns.  Provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items.  Free Membership.  Over 40 UK groups.  Website visitors sign up by finding their nearest community exchange group (click on the region on the right):  an automatic e-mail is generated which, when sent, signs you up for your local group and sends you a response with instructions on how it works.  Or go directly to your local group website by clicking on your community's link on the left.  When you want to find a new home for something - whether a chair, fax machine, piano, or old door - simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your group.  If you're looking to acquire something, respond to a member's offer.  After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and set up a pickup time.  Non-profit organizations also benefit;  post the item or items you want to give away and local organizations can help you get it to someone in need.  If you can't find a group near you and may consider starting one, click on "Start a Group".  Open to all communities and individuals.  Groups are run by local volunteer moderators who facilitate – ‘grassroots’.  Website sections:  FAQ;  start a group;  instructional video (fun!);  sponsors;  and ‘Newswire’ with hundreds of articles and archives under many sub-headings on everything from national and local news (for example Miami Herald) to recycling tips and links (like Herman The (composting) Worm!).   Now has 2,343 communities and 926,155 members (Feb 2005).  Started May 2003 to promote waste reduction in downtown Tucson, Arizona, USA, and to save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills.  Only one main rule:  everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.   (Updated Feb 2005)

Global Action Plan UK

Tel 0207 405 5633  Fax 0207 831 6244  
Website www.globalactionplan.org.uk  Email
8 Fulwood Place, Gray's Inn, LONDON WC1V 6HG

Independent environmental charity established in 1993, operating in 11 countries.  Promotes environmental change, in particular waste, energy and reduction in water use, by encouraging individuals to take effective practical action in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities, eg runs 'Action at Home' scheme, which encourages a family to work together to set targets and improve their environmental performance.  Has developed a range of programmes, tools and advice to make it a little easier.  We all make many choices daily, often without thinking about it - whether to drive or walk to the shops, to buy a free range or cheap factory-farmed egg; whether we can be bothered to switch off the TV at the plug each night; all these decisions add up.  Website offers practical advice on waste (is it really?) energy, transport, water, food and shopping.  Online surveys to measure your carbon emissions at home or work, and how green your household is, plus tips to reduce your impact on climate change.  Breaks down the contents of your bin, and gives advice on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Long list of businesses on website which have worked with Global Action Plan to develop environmental and social initiatives, saving money and resources - and a list of good reasons to enter into such a partnership!  Supported by the EC, and in the UK by government, local authorities, companies, charitable trusts and WWF.   (Updated May 2005)  

InKind Direct
Tel 0207 860 5927 / 0207 860 5930  Fax 0207 860 5920
Email info@inkinddirect.org  Website www.inkinddirect.org
19 Milk Street, London EC2V 8AN
Contact  Tasha Procter, Charities partnership administrator

Charity distributing surplus goods from industry to voluntary organisations throughout UK and abroad.  The mainly new goods are surplus because they are samples, seconds, ends of lines, slow moving items or have faulty packaging.  (However, used computers are refurbished, equipped with operating systems and resold ready to go with 30 day warranty.)  Goods are valuable and useful, but would otherwise go to waste because companies don't have the time or the contacts to make better use of them.   However, they are just the kinds of things needed by people served by charities, not-for-profit organisations or social businesses, including educational items, toys, toiletries, tools, trainers; household appliances and cleaning products; clothes, shoes, sportswear; bedding and linen.  Office supplies and equipment worth over £43 million have been donated by hundreds of companies, and thousands of charities have benefited.  To donate, download faxback form from website.  Voluntary organisations pay an annual registration fee, and receive a monthly catalogue of available goods.  So, instead of occupying storage space or worse, going to landfill, these items go to a huge range of deserving causes.  Range of fees based on charities' incomes - but thanks to funding from charitable trusts and foundations, many groups are subsidised either by geographical location or charity focus.  Open until 6.30 Thursdays.  Operating since 1997.  Retail Donation Initiative (RDI) is another way retailers can donate goods - each branch of a national retailer is matched with a local charity which arranges regular pick-ups of customer returns, ends-of-lines and items with slight defects. Allows stores to build a relationship with a charity from their community - contact robert@inkinddirect.org Tel 0207 860 5971.   (Updated May 2005)

Islington Waste Saver Ltd
Tel 0207 226 1248  Fax 0207 837 6308
Email wastesaver@dial.pipex.com 
4 Bromfield Street, LONDON N1 0QA
Contact  Christine Collister, Manager

Non-profit community group working since 1994, making small charge for domestic kerbside collection of cans, cardboard, foil, glass, paper, plastic bottles, and textiles.  Two paid staff and one volunteer.  Serves over 550 households.  (Updated Aug 2004)

Link 2000
Tel 01256 353648
2 Gershwin Road, BASINGSTOKE, Hants RG22 4HH

A non-charity community service set up in 1991, 'The Link' is run by one volunteer co-ordinator and secretary.  Provides 'brokerage' service, distributing working office equipment such as stationery, computers, faxes, and answering machines, free to voluntary organisations.  Small items can be collected locally.  (Updated Feb 2001)  

Magpie Recycling Co-operative
Tel 01273 565643  Fax 01273 559924
Website www.magpie.uk.com  Email magpie@solutions-inc.co.uk 
Unit B, Ashcourt, Hollingdean Lane, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN1 7BB

Established 10 years, Magpie aims to run a sustainable business, and to "make it easier to be green".  40,000 residents and people working locally receive one of Magpie's services.  Provided first bring site for recyclables at Hanover Community Centre, then paper collection service for small businesses, colleges and the universities.  Magpie furniture recycling, set up in 1994, stops furniture going to landfill and provides affordable furniture to those on low incomes and benefit, or free to homeless people referred through the Council.  'Green Box' home kerbside collection, started in 1996, picks up from 5000 customers using electric vehicles.  It collects seven different materials: glass (clear, green and brown), paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tins, metal foil and textiles.  All are sorted on board the vehicle.   Paper and cardboard are collected from over 300 customers including businesses, schools, colleges, both universities, Brighton & Hove Council and social services. Includes confidential waste shredding service.  Magpie Home Delivery began three years ago to create a market for products made from recycled materials to close the 'recycling gap'.  Became separate company, Real Food Direct, in May 2000, adding carefully sourced organic food and local products, and committed to providing a convenient, friendly and reliable way of shopping - see section on Organic and low input food.  (Updated Feb 2004)

Medical Aid for Poland Fund
Tel 0207 373 5464 Fax 0207 373 5464
16 Warwick Road, Earls Court, LONDON SW5 9UD

All types of unwanted medical or hospital supplies and redundant equipment except drugs gratefully accepted. Nearly new clothing and bric a brac for charity shop Tel 0208 579 1114.  Collection may be possible for large or good quality items.

Milton Keynes Council of Voluntary Organisations
Tel 01908 661623 Fax 01908 200979
Email general@mkcvo.freeserve.co.uk 
Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK9 3HP

Accepts donations of goods and services from businesses for distribution to voluntary groups, mainly unwanted office furniture and equipment.  Maintains a warehouse for storage, and provides various services, information and advice.  (Updated Feb 2001) 

Mobile Repair Service

Tel 0207 226 8431 (staffed 10.30-12.30, or answerphone)  Fax 0207 704 0391  
Email services@mobilerepairservice.org.uk  Website www.mobilerepairservice.org.uk  
2 St Paul's Road, LONDON N1 2QN  

Registered charity.  A repair agency working exclusively for pensioners and people with disabilities.  Repairs, tests and guarantees equipment for domestic use including cookers, washing machines, fridges, vacuum cleaners.  All equipment checked for safety and function before being passed on.  Takes good equipment in working order - no small electrical items.  Does not sell items on.  Electrical, plumbing and small carpentry work also undertaken.  Operates a system of prioritising according to need, but without means testing.  No proof of welfare benefits required.  Works in association with Social Services.  Space and other priorities sometimes means equipment cannot always be accepted.  (Updated May 2004)

National Federation of City Farms

Tel 0117 923 1800  Fax 0117 923 1900
Website www.farmgarden.org.uk   
The Greenhouse, Hereford Street, Bedminster, BRISTOL BS3 4NA

Co-ordinating body for a network of 1000 UK community gardening and farming groups involving people in caring for their local environment.  City farms and community gardens are community-managed projects working with people, animals and plants.  They range from tiny wildlife gardens, fruit and vegetable plots on housing estates and polytunnels to large city farms. They provide: fresh, organic food; creative, safe, high quality open spaces; green waste disposal and practical advice on composting; improved physical and mental health; approximately 2,500 training places for adults with learning disabilities; the equivalent of 500 full-time staff and15,000 volunteers; bring people together of different abilities, ages, and cultures; attract over 3 million visitors and regular users every year - around 50,000 visitors are school pupils.

Following the Dutch idea of therapeutic and educational benefits of close contact with livestock, the first was established in 1972 at a disused Kentish Town timber yard.  Most have involved local communities transforming derelict sites into stimulating places for children.  Some operate alongside allotment associations but each is different.  An education starter pack for schools is available: 'The Compost Box', for key stages 1-3.  

Some sites in SOUTH-EAST -
Ashford Community Farm, North School, Essella Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8AL (01233 614 600)
Blackbird Leys City Farm, Dunnock Way, Blackburn, Leys, Oxford (0186 574 9885)
Down to Earth Environmental Education Centre, Millbrook Community School, Green Lane, Maybush, Southampton SO16 9RG (02380 522 706)
Felicia Park Urban Farm, Green Lane, Hardway, Gosport, Hants PO12 4JP (02392 502 593)
New Ark Adventure Playground & City Farm, Hill Close, Reeves Way,
Peterborough PE1 5LZ ( 01733 340 605)
Aston-Mansfield, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Abridge, Essex RM4 1NB (0208 500 3047)
Brooks Farm, Skeltons Lane Park, Walthamstow, London E10 (0208 539 4278)
Coram's Fields, 98 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN (0207 837 6138)
Deen City Farm, 39 Windsor Avenue, Merton, London SW19 2RR (0208 543 5300)
Freightliners Farm, Paradise Park, Sheringham Rd, Islington, London N7 8PF (0207 609 0467)
Hackney City Farm, 1A Goldsmiths Row, Hackney, London, E2 8QA (0207 729 6381)
Hounslow Urban Farm, Faggs Road, Feltham, Middx TW14 0LZ (0208 751 0850)
Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, Camden, London NW5 4BN (0207 916 5421)
Mansfield Outdoor Centre, Manor Rd, Lambourne End, Romford, Essex (0208 500 3047)
Mudchute Park & Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 3HP (0207 515 5901)
Newham City Farm, Stansfeld Road, Beckton, Newham, London E6 5LT (0207 476 1170)

Spelthorne Farm Project, 6 Burrows Hill Close, Heathrow, Hounslow, Middx (01753 680 330)
Spitalfields City Farm, Weaver Street, London E1 5HJ (0207 247 8762)
Stepping Stones Farm, Stepney Way, Tower Hamlets, London E1 3DG (0207 790 8204)
Surrey Docks Farm, South Wharf, Rotherhithe Street, Southwark, London SE16 5EY (0207 237 6525)
Thameside Park City Farm, 40 Thames Road, Barking, Essex IG11 0HH (0208 594 8449)
Vauxhall City Farm, 24 St Oswald's Place (entrance Tyers Street), Lambeth, London SE11 5JE (0207 582 4204)
Wellgate Community Farm, Collier Row Road, Romford, Essex RM5 2BH (01708 747850)

(Updated Feb 2004)

Newbury: Community Furniture Project (CFP)

Tel 01635 43933  Fax 01635 43978  
Email jacky@crcentre.freeserve.co.uk  Website www.cfpnewbury.org  
Unit 5, 36 Queens Road, NEWBURY, Berks RG14 7NE
Contact  Kelvin Hughes, Chief Executive

Unwanted furniture collected for reuse.  Accepts phones, and printer and toner cartridges for recycling (but not EPSON products).   Safety tests all electrical appliances sold.   Donations welcome from businesses or individuals.  Items sought include furniture and household goods, electrical appliances (cookers, fridges, washing machines etc), baby goods and toys.  No clothes, gas appliances or sofas without fire safety label; and no glass-topped furniture or items containing panes of glass A4 or larger without toughened glass mark.  Collection by arrangement.  Open Mon-Thu 9.30-12.30, 1-4pm.  Items sold at low cost to people on benefit, including pensioners, those on low-income tax credits, in emergency need, or referred by other organisations like Citizen's Advice Bureau, YMCA, Mencap, Social Services.  Proof of identity needed for each visit.  Collects from warehouse, or receives delivery (£8-15 depending on distance, normally next working day).  Variety of training and education offered for staff and volunteers.  Unusual / antique items restored or passed on via other outlets including auction houses.  Operates Newbury's Community Re>Paint scheme, but paint should be taken to B&Q, London Rd, Newbury, 8am-8pm Mon-Sat, 10-4 Sun - not to CFP.  Works with council to support waste reduction campaign.  Info on all activities, directions map, and list of linked and supporting organisations on CFP's clear website.  See also sections 82 and 87.  (Updated Aug 2004)

Tel  General enquiries 0870 333 2700  Reception 01865 311311   Fax 01865 321410 / 313770
oxfam@oxfam.org.uk , campaigning@oxfam.org.uk , education@oxfam.org.uk , webteam@oxfam.org.uk , companies@oxfam.org.uk  
www.oxfam.org.uk , www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanetOxfam House, 274 Banbury Road, OXFORD, Oxon OX2 7DZ

Major charity founded 1942, working with poor people in over 70 countries in their struggle against hunger, disease, exploitation and poverty.  Since opening its first high street shop in 1948, has revolutionised donation of unwanted goods to worthwhile causes.  Operates over 850 of Britain's 5000 or so charity shops, receiving textiles, books, and household items, generating (1996) £15m profit on sales of £55m.  More than 22,000 volunteers give 110,000 hours (worth about £36.5million) a week to run the shops (training and support given).  

Oxfam's activities for donation and low price resale:  
National reclamation schemes for textiles (including 600 public donation 'banks') and books (1000 banks) provide collection serviced via a network of local warehouses. 
Wastesaver sorting and reuse facility (Huddersfield) supports shops with unsold clothes, and redistributes UK and worldwide (see Textiles section 81).  Some Oxfam shops have specialist bridal clothing and accessories departments. 

Specialist Oxfam bookshops, and book departments within the shops, including rare and collectables, also via online marketplace www.abebooks.co.uk (see Books and publications section 33). 
Specialist music shops and departments (see section 33, and Miscellaneous unwanted goods 89). 
Specialist shops, and some departments of the shops, accept donations of domestic or office furniture (see Furniture and household goods section 82). 
A specialist Stamp and Coin Unit handles sales of donated collectables (see below, Miscellaneous unwanted goods section 89, or Books section 33).  
People moving home can ask their removers if they can or do take part in the OXBOXX scheme, run by Oxfam with the British Association of Removers (BAR).  
Mobile Phone Recycling:  phones can be taken to any Oxfam shop.  If donating less than 10 you can also send them to Oxfam 'Bring Bring' Scheme, Freepost LON16281, London WC1N 3BR; if more than 10, call 0870 752 0999 for free collection.  (See entries for Oxfam and Corporate Mobile Recycling, Computers, phones and electronic goods section 87, Electronic and electrical scrap section 44, or Office technical wastes including toner cartridges section 35.)  
Cartridge Recycling
:  Toner cartridges:  free collection for a minimum of six, in original boxes -  call LaserXchange Tel 01873 859901.  Inkjet cartridges:  LaserXchange will send you a Freepost collection box or bag for posting, or Freepost labels  for smaller amounts.  (See Oxfam and LaserXchange entries, Office technical wastes including toner cartridges section 35; Computers, phones and electronic goods section 87; or Electronic and electrical scrap section 44.)  
Some shops, eg furniture, offer collection - phone your local shop to ask.   If you have something of value to donate, please let them know. 
Mobile gift banks offer convenient donation, with Oxfam providing the bank, posters, leaflets, drop off and collection (see more below).  Contact Michael Taylor, Corporate Account Manager, Tel 01865 313484, mitaylor@oxfam.org.uk about gift banks or to discuss donations of larger quantities, including clothes, books, CDs and toys.  
Smaller quantities can be bagged and dropped through an Oxfam shop door when passing.   For any special items, gifts and prizes you wish to donate such as holidays, flights or products, please call 0845 3000 311 for Shop Support.  
Oxfam, with Yahoo auctions, can offer more valuable items for auction on the internet, attracting a large audience. 
For this, or information on donating a special item as a raffle prize, contact companies@oxfam.org.uk .  

can donate as a cost-effective, practical way of disposing of unsaleable products.  Oxfam's logistics service collect samples, promotions, returns, seconds, surplus or out of season stock, cutting companies' waste bills and raising funds for Oxfam's work.  Oxfam can arrange mobile gift banks (tidy, taking up 1 square metre of space) so staff can donate goods.  Usually sited in foyers, canteens, car parks, or staff rooms, where most people see them, remaining there for 2-3 weeks.  Companies find gift bank appeals motivate and mobilise staff, and raise money for a good cause.  Contact Michael Taylor, Tel 01865 313484, mitaylor@oxfam.org.uk . 'Companies not producing items that can be sold in shops can find many other ways in which their products or staff may help.'  Latest research by Business in the Community reveals 81 per cent of consumers agree, when price and quality are equal, they are more likely to buy a product associated with a cause.  Contact companies@oxfam.org.uk for information on projects, fundraising, and partnerships.  

Oxfam campaigns on Trade, Education, and Conflict: 'Make Trade Fair', 'Education Now', 'Control Arms'.  Has local groups people can join.  Informative website for teachers and young people www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet.  Fair Trade ensures producers in poorer countries get a fair price for their goods, covering production costs and guaranteeing a living income (major UK supermarkets now sell a range of Fair Trade goods, including bananas, tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate).  Offices in Oxford, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Exeter.  (Updated Feb 2004)

Printer Cartridge Recycling (PCR) scheme
Tel / Fax 0191 420 8457  Mob 0794 114 3851
Email admin@cartridge-recycling.org.uk  Website www.cartridge-recycling.org.uk 
North East Charities Fund, 20 Stanhope Road, SOUTH SHIELDS, Tyne & Wear NE33 4BU
Contact: Mark McNichol

Set up in 1998 to reduce waste, the PCR scheme solely supports UK children's charities. Free collections bins can be provided for store, home or office.  Freepost envelopes or freepost address can be provided for redundant mobile phones as well as inkjet or bubblejet cartridges, and freepost boxes for larger quantities (10 or more).  Boxes are usually collected next day by a courier - the charity is not charged for these collections.   All cartridges go direct to Rethink Recycling.  Only brand of cartridge not accepted are Epson inkjet.  Website lists what the charities receive from each cartridge.  Remanufactured, compatible and original cartridges (please specify) available from sales@cartridge-recycling.org.uk also stating printer type.   (Updated Feb 2001)

Tel/ Fax  01206 382207  60 High Street, WEST MERSEA, Essex CO5 8JE
Email: info@re-cycle.org  Website www.re-cycle.org
Contact Merlin Matthews, founder/president

Charity 'taking old bikes to new places'.  Will receive, but cannot collect, unwanted bicycles (millions rust in garages), and ships them to five African countries.  Requests donation towards shipping with each bike.  Will also receive old tools and parts.  Working also with Greenwich Cycling Campaign, who will receive bikes from July 2003.  It sets up workshops with local partners to teach people how to repair and maintain bikes.  In South Africa, Re-Cycle has set up a charity, Afribike, helping people save 1/4 of their income spent on transport.  In poor countries a 4-hour, 10 mile daily walk is common just for survival - to fetch water, take goods to farm, factory or market, to get to school, or act as game warden.  Bikes can make lives much easier, so people are trained to run workshops in local communities, teaching repair, maintenance and safe riding.  Many 'Cycleversity' graduates are women, who become empowering role models for students.  For a token fee people get a 2-day basic mechanics course so they can keep and look after the bike they refurbish, which then
lasts for years.  South Africa has 1,000 bike pilot projects in 10 provinces, and plans 60 workshops and 1,000,000 bikes over the next ten years!  See www.afribike.org  Re~Cycle and Afribike make the 'extraBike', a simplekit device that greatly increases a bike's load capacity to carry more people (up to two adults and two children) or goods.  This makes it into a labour saving, job-creating tool suitable for tasks like carrying food and water, mobile vending and collecting recyclables. www.xtracycle.com gives details of a more expensive version for the UK. 

In the UK, Re~Cycle reduces the number of bikes landfilled.  By encouraging cycling, it cuts car pollution and congestion, and improves health. It generates income worldwide and provides environmental benefit by selling organic, fairly traded, recycled, reclaimed, rechargeable, long life, energy efficient, vegan, affordable items, and cheap, good quality, services including land and mobile phones, green electricity, gas and internet shopping.  'Earn a bike' scheme, with community and youth groups, churches, schools, councils and charities, provides a free bike to UK volunteers in return for 30 hours work for Re-Cycle. This gives them skills in cycle maintenance, administration, marketing, communication, time management, teamwork and relationships, as well as self-worth.  It aims to set up eight UK collection points for bikes. Sources include Royal Mail (4500 a year), old stock donated by cycle shops and manufacturers, police and lost property. UK partnerships include Tools for Self Reliance (www.tfsr.org - see WasteBook section 85), experienced in shipping, and setting up workshops overseas; Riders for Health (www.riders.org.uk ); and councils.  (Updated Mar 2003)

Rubbish Dump, The

Tel 0208 880 0292 Fax 0208 880 0282
24 Rossendale Street, Clapton, LONDON E5 8TA

Interactive education centre on recycling and the environment. Associated with Waste Not Recycling (see separate entry) operating collection round for drink cans and textiles.

St Georges Day Charity Club
Tel 01727 822018  Mob 0468 633061
c/o Sainsburys, London Colney, ST ALBANS, Herts AL2 1BG
Contact: Gerry Gilham

Collects drink cans and foil in Herts, Beds, Bucks and Essex.  Will pay for quantity. Receives about half tonne a week, and sells to Alcan aluminium can recycling depot. (Updated Feb 2001)

SATRO Berkshire

Tel 01734 233695 Fax 01189 750360
R.Welsh, C/O Berkshire SATRO, Bracknell Forest Education Centre, East Hampstead Park, WOKINGHAM, Berks RG40 3DF

The SATRO (Science and Technology Regional Organisation) is an educational charity with a network of about 50 local schemes. It aims to 'excite children about science, engineering and technology'. The core activity in Berks is in-service training, supporting schools by developing project work in science and technology, liaising with other agencies including the Local Education Authority, neighbourhood engineers and local companies. Process is run from the LEA.

SATRO Hertfordshire

Tel 01438 767308 Fax 01438 767309
Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way, STEVENAGE, Herts, SG1 2AY

The SATRO (Science and Technology Regional Organisation) is an educational charity with a network of about 50 local schemes. It aims to 'excite children about science, engineering and technology'. Herts SATRO operates a recycling service for unwanted scientific equipment, office equipment and furniture, electrical items, books, stationery and handicraft materials suitable for use by schools and charities. After inspection, items are put on a database and stored at a warehouse in St Albans. Members select from the database at intervals of about six weeks and are responsible for collection of chosen items. The scheme also provides work experience for the long-term unemployed. Operating expenses are funded by a levy on office equipment, furniture and stationery plus an annual membership fee of £15 for LEA primary schools; £45 for LEA secondary schools; £65 for independent and grant maintained schools.

Studio 3 Arts
Tel 01708 630600 / 0208 594 7136  Fax 01708 556590
Website www.Studio3Arts.org.uk  Email admin@studio3arts.org.uk
Rainham Hall, The Broadway, Rainham, HAVERING, Essex RM13 9YN
Contact  Lynsey Dow, Administrative Manager

Arts organisation working to increase participation across North East London: Havering, Redbridge, Barking, Dagenham, Waltham Forest.  Occasional projects in neighbouring boroughs including Tower Hamlets and Newham.  Creates and runs environment projects and schemes with local groups and partner organisations.  Examples: 'The Plot' :  artworks about environment and nature, at an allotment; Nightingale sculpture from recycled materials, Queen's Theatre, Havering.  Activities and workshops at Green Fairs (Planet Havering and many others).  Created a local map, developed by participants using twigs, leaves and other natural and reclaimed materials - some young people modelled a recycling factory which they saw as desirable locally.  'The Web' video, created with young people, is to be launched for secondary schools' use: a central part of an education pack for geography and environment, including waste.  Work initiated in boroughs occasionally tours or showcased across London or nationally; some projects result in nationally available resources.  Runs 35 projects a year.  Nearly all work involves more than one art form, but may be broadly divided into multi-media, performing arts, public art and training.  Welcomes interest in discussing projects, building partnerships, joining the busy team of freelance artists, or volunteering. Works in partnership to create arts projects that address local needs and key social issues.  All projects are unique, as devised with partners, using forms best serving the project.  Commitment to use of arts as a training tool underpins the work.  For example 'Family Sculpture Days: Recycled Art: at Waltham Forest Epicentre and Barking and Dagenham Millennium Centre, Becontree Organic Growers and Valence House - for all ages, with artists, using recycled and recyclable materials.'   (Updated May 2005)

Volunteer Centre UK

Tel 0207 388 9888 Fax 0207 388 0448
Regents Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, LONDON NR1 9RL

National advisory agency on volunteering and community involvement.

Waste Watch 

Tel 0207 549 0300  Fax 0207 549 0301  Wasteline 0870 243 0136
56-64 Leonard Street, LONDON EC2A 4JX
Email info@wastewatch.org.uk  Website www.wastewatch.org.uk

National co-ordinating body providing training and advice for existing and potential community groups interested in waste prevention, reduction, reuse and recycling.  Works with local and national government, promoting environmental benefits of waste minimisation on society and the economy.  Aims for positive change in attitudes and behaviour to producing and managing waste.  Runs seminars and conferences, and produces regular newsletters and information sheets.  Developed KAT (Kerbside Analysis Tool) to help councils assess the cost and practicality of different kerbside collection options, including recycling on estates.  Wasteline is a service answering questions on all aspects of waste.  Waste Watch's London network of Waste Alert Clubs help both to save businesses money and reduce waste.  The website
www.wasteonline.org.uk is a useful source of information on the waste industry.  The website www.recycledproducts.org.uk includes a database of products with recycled content - formerly compiled and maintained by Waste Watch, and originally called Buy Recycled, it is now run by WRAP (below).  Has own Communications Consultancy which reduces actual waste (Tel 0207 939 0791/2, kathryn@wastewatch.org.uk).  (Updated Dec 2004)

Wellgate Community Farm

Tel 0208 599 0415
Collier Row Road, ROMFORD RM5 2BX

Member of the National Federation of City Farms (see FER entry). Static pile composting of animal waste (about 1 tonne per year) with local sale of bagged product. Public reception banks for recyclable cans, foil, newspaper, and office paper. One paid staff member and about forty volunteers. With support from London Borough of Havering, the farm provides education, it also provides some work experience for the mentally handicapped.

14 Scotton Street, Wye, ASHFORD, Kent TN25 5BZ
Tel 01233 813298/813303  Fax 01233 813303
Email  info@wyecycle.org Web: www.wyecycle.org
Contact: Richard Boden

Community non-profit business working on issues surrounding waste and food, to create employment and protect the environment in the village of Wye. Organic kitchen and garden material is collected weekly, composted, and supplied back to residents. Many other materials collected for re-use and recycling, including paper, cans, paint and cookers. The group also organises a twice weekly farmers market, and a vegbox delivery scheme in partnership with a local farm. Plastic bottles refilled with cleaning products at a village shop. WyeCycle supports community groups starting similar projects, and campaigns for sustainable waste management at local and national level. (Updated Feb 2002)