82  Furniture and household goods


Who's selling
green garden furniture?  Go to this link!

Furniture reuse, repair and recycling, and furniture from reclaimed materials, have always been of great benefit to society.  However, like most industries carrying the unfair mantle of 'scrap', which are sustainable because they conserve materials, save energy and transport, and encourage creative skills, this one is generally under-promoted and under-valued.  

The first thing to consider is - does this furniture have to go?  Can it be repaired?  It may not be too hard to do it yourself, or ask someone you know.  See www.ehow.com/how_13736_upgrade-secondhand-furniture.html 

Most Waste Collection Authorities provide special collections of domestic furniture and bulky household waste, sometimes for a small charge.  Some pass on usable items to selected local charities.

The voluntary sector wants your furniture!
Much furniture and other goods may be converted to cash through second-hand shops, charities, house clearance specialists, inexpensive local advertising and auction houses. Car boot sales provide opportunities for DIY dealing - an interesting Sunday morning's diversion if not taken too seriously - and will sometimes shift surprising quantities of small items. 

Furniture schemes are usually local voluntary or community initiatives to benefit disadvantaged people by harnessing reusable resources that might otherwise be dumped.  They provide free collection of reusable furnishings and household effects which might otherwise be dumped, and offer practical help at minimal cost to those who most need it.

Most work on similar principles. They handle items suitable for reuse rather than providing a free tipping service for rubbish. They usually work together with the local social services and established voluntary agencies who provide letters of referral enabling 'clients' to buy donated goods at favourable rates, often as 'starter packs' of home furnishings. Some schemes undertake simple minor repairs if necessary, and if handling gas or electrical appliances, will arrange safety checks. A few may go further, and in partnership with local Job Creation Agencies, operate more extensive repair and restoration workshops. A particularly successful example is the Homeless Furnishing Project established in Brixton and later Haringey in 1993, which now provides 18 full time jobs for people previously unemployed.

Furniture Reuse Network 
The Furniture Reuse Network (FRN) is an umbrella network of over 300 UK furniture recycling projects, most of which collect, refurbish and distribute unwanted furniture and other household effects to pass on free or at nominal cost to people in need, usually referred by social services. Most schemes receive at least partial grant support.  FRN can provide information on legal requirements and good practice.  SOFA is an acronym used by several schemes, standing for Suppliers Of Furniture Accessories, or, if you prefer, Shifting Old Furniture Around.

This is gaining recognition as a sustainable industry and national resource.  Restoration and reuse provides a vital alternative to the producers and retailers operating from giant sheds brimming with often illegally imported timber from land owned by tribal peoples, or chipboard or fibreboard containing formaldehyde.  Many such chains aim to shift as much as possible of the earth's finite resources at maximum profit whatever the environmental or human cost.

The alphabetical list below is currently being updated and developed to cover the expanded WasteBook area of south-east England.  For details of furniture recycling in other geographical areas, please contact FRN.

Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) - see full entry below
Head Office / Administration 
Tel / Fax  01924 375252   Email furniture.rn@aol.com Website www.frn.org.uk 
c/o  Community Furniture Service, The Old Drill Hall, 17a Vicarage Street North, Wakefield, WEST YORKS WF1 4JS  
Tel 0117 954 3571  Fax 0117 954 3570 
Email  clairef@frn.org.uk 
48-54 West Street, St Philips, Bristol  BS2 0BL  
Contact  Craig Anderson, Development Manager (including info on white goods re-use and recycling) or Claire Franklin


Fly-tipping is illegal, unsociable and unnecessary - don't even think about it.

There is a charge for every load of waste you take to landfill
BUT the organisations below may want to use your waste, 
or they could direct you to someone who does.

If you know someone who may be fly-tipping, PLEASE put them in touch 
with someone listed in
who can help them.


Also see
Timber reclamation (23)
Architectural salvage (24)
Books and publications
Shop and office furnishings (86)
Auction houses (110)
Charity and community schemes (130)
Local government services (160)
Recycled and natural clothes and textiles

Furniture and wood products from reclaimed materials (350)

For wood reclamation, reuse and recycling, see 23 Timber reclamation, and 350 Furniture and wood products from reclaimed materials.

Don't throw it away!  Repair it (or ask someone you know),  For help, see 

Old furniture is not only trendy, but often better made, from durable wood no longer obtainable from forests today. Here are some useful tips: 

Carpets, if in good condition, may be donated to charity shops.  If not reusable, old carpets can be placed on top of your compost heap to keep the heat in.  Man-made fibres will not rot - but carpets made from cotton or wool will decompose and compost eventually.  Pieces of carpet can also be laid on garden plots to kill weeds by depriving them of sunlight.

Alphabetical list of organisations

1st Call Restoration
Tel 0118 940 1898 (Workshop)  Tel 01628 670286 (Office)
Website www.1stcallrestoration.co.uk     Email information@1stcallrestoration.co.uk 
Milly Lane, Hare Hatch, Berks RG10 9TH (Workshop)
8 Dorchester Close, Maidehead, Berks, SL6 6RX (Office)

Modern and antique wood and metal restoration (all types).  Polishing, staining, spray painting, oiling, french polishing, specialist finishes to match any finish or colour.  Traditional and modern techniques - safe, non-corrosive methods.  Fireplaces, radiators, fittings. Also paint stripping - wood, doors, furniture, garden features.  Beds, Bucks, Oxford, Surrey and the south east.  (Updated Nov 2005)  

Aid and Assist   
Tel / Fax 01502 586925 
Email aid_assist@btconnect.com
54 High Street, LOWESTOFT, Suffolk NR32 1JA (Shop) 
6 Harvest Drive, South Lowestoft Industrial Estate, LOWESTOFT, Suffolk NR33 7NJ  (Warehouse)
Contact  Ann Stockdale Bond, Manager 

Charity set up to distribute furniture to people in need and on benefit.  Collect donated furniture.  Will repair if necessary.  No white goods, or small electrical goods.  Soft furnishings with flame retardant labels only.  Furniture repair workshop operated partly by people with learning disabilities, in partnership with Social Services.  Furniture sold to public from shop open Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 930-330.  Warehouse open Mon-Fri 10-3.  Also offers property maintenance and simple gardening service, particularly for elderly people.  Leaflet available.  (Updated May 2004)

Adur Furniture Network

Tel 01273 441700
16 Brunswick Road, SHOREHAM BY SEA, West Sussex BN43 5UE

Successful district council furniture recycling scheme.  Produces 'AFN Blueprint', a resume on setting up a scheme for other potential groups, price 5.  (Updated Apr 2003)

Age Concern Furniture Store 
Tel 01908 263838  
6 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK11 3HB
Contact  Joan, Assistant Manager

Charity collecting unwanted good quality furniture and all types of household items in good condition, including electrical items in working order.   These are resold at low cost through the shop.   No gas appliances, upholstered items without fire safety label, certain toys and safety items, or flat packs.  Collect free and deliver for small charge, Milton Keynes area only.  (Updated Apr 2003) 

Alistair Bromhead  
Tel 07932 674 707
Email a@abromhead.co.uk   Website www.abromhead.co.uk

Independent health, safety and environmental consultant with ten years experience.  Specialises in the furniture and timber industry, but also works for organisations in a variety of other sectors across the country.  Commissioned on retainer to a number of trade associations, and actively involved in providing advice to several hundred member companies.  Acts as a helpline adviser on environment legislation and best practice for the Government's Envirowise initiative, as well as undertaking waste minimisation counselling.  Works for individual companies, either on an ad-hoc basis or annual retainer agreement.  (Updated  July 2005

Any Junk?
0800 0431 007  /  020 8877 1155 
www.anyjunk.co.uk  Email enquiries@anyjunk.co.uk 
Unit A06, Riverside Business Park, Haldane Place, Wandsworth, LONDON SW18 4UQ

Junk clearance and rubbish removal for the home, office and garden, by " friendly, uniformed drivers in smart, shiny trucks".  Most of Greater London covered.  Old sofas to construction rubble.  Junk taken to recycling depot or given to charity if possible.  If your waste is all 'ready' at the same time, a useful alternative to skip hire.  One-off or regular clearances for offices.  Bookings within 2 hour 'windows'; team calls 15-30 min before arrival.  Payment on collection: rates per amount of junk collected and weight - rough quote on phone, exact quote on arrival - guide on website.  Office hours Mon to Fri 9 - 5; clearance hours Mon to Fri 8 - 5, Sat 9 - 1pm.  No hazardous materials such as paint, noxious chemicals, solvents, oil, petrol cans, gas bottles, tyres, asbestos, vehicle batteries, medical or biological waste
.  No house-to-house removals, but can take to a charity if agreed with charity in advance.  (Updated Oct 2005)

Aylesbury Furniture Aid
Tel 01296 426566 
Units 1-2, Bessemer Crescent, Rabans Lane Industrial Estate, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP18 3TF
Contact  Shane Davison 

Charity collecting unwanted but usable furniture, domestic appliances, utensils etc in Beds and Bucks for sale at nominal prices to needy people on low incomes referred by local welfare agencies.  Gas cookers and electrical appliances are subjected to safety and functional checks.  Additional warehouse / shop at 11 Acacia Close, Cherry Court Way, Leighton Buzzard, Beds LU7 8QB, Tel 01525 854648.  (Updated Apr 2003)

Banbury CVS Furniture Store 

Tel 01295 267741 
North Bar Place, BANBURY, Oxon OX16 0TD
Contact  Brian Hoare, Manager

Furniture collected and redistributed for reuse by people on benefits, welfare or income support, including those with disabilities, or homeless if referred by another organisation, social or welfare service.  Purely voluntary service.  Networks with local authorities.  All household goods taken and offered including armchairs and suites, except soft furnishings like sheets, blankets and bedding.   Items received or collected from all over the Cherwell area, from peoples' homes mainly, but will receive donations from any source including businesses and organisations.  Donors can phone to arrange to deliver or for a pick up time.  There is a small charge for collection, which covers expenses and is the sole income keeping the operation running: 5 minimum, which normally covers two or three large items.  Sometimes receives unusual or antique items.  Open 9-230 Mon-Fri, for clients to view, collect or arrange free delivery.  Collections normally arranged for between 930 and 12.  (Updated May 2003)

Basingstoke Community Furniture Project
Tel 01256 320700  Fax 01256 327500
Email phelim@cfpbasingstoke.org  Website www.cfpbasingstoke.org 
6 Joule Road, BASINGSTOKE, Hants RG21 6XH

Local charity collecting and receiving furniture, household and electrical goods (not gas), toys and baby equipment, and providing these at low cost to people on low income in Newbury, Basingstoke and surrounding towns and villages.  Small delivery charge.  Training and opportunities to develop work and social skills, and encourage environmentally beneficial activities.  Open Mon-Fri 930-1230, 1-4, and first Sat of month 930-1230.   Also operates Community Re>Paint in Newbury, accepting surplus useable paint and making it available, for a small donation, to educational, charitable and voluntary groups and people on low income.  Emulsion, gloss, primer, undercoat and exterior / masonry paints can be donated at Customer Services desk at B&Q in London Road, Newbury, 01635 528515.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Bedford Furniture Link 

Tel 01234 353578 (office)  Fax 01234 358009 (office)
Email mail@flb.org.uk  Website www.flb.org.uk 
1A Gadsby Street, BEDFORD, Beds MK40 3HP
Contact  Bernard Robinson

Independent charity collecting and storing unwanted quality items of used furniture and selected electrical equipment including fridges and freezers.  Provides furniture for those in need, and offers constructive volunteering opportunities to those in the community.  Furniture selected and delivered within a few days.  Particular need for electric cookers.  Curtains and bedding taken also.  Office open 930-430 (closed 1-2).  Gadsby St warehouse open Mon-Fri 10-1, except Wed open 11-2; closed bank holiday Mondays.  Collects in north and mid-Beds, between M1 and A1.  Five employees and 60 support agencies including advice centres, churches, round tables.  About 25 volunteers assist, including reception, driving, basic furniture repairs, electrical appliance repairs and testing.  Small charge for storage/delivery, eg double bed purchased and delivered for 20.  Financially supported by Community Fund (Lottery), Bedford BC, Mid Beds DC, Beds CC, and Harpur Trust.  Currently funded until 2006.  Recycles about 90 tonnes furniture per annum.  Well supported by community, trustees and management committee.  Networks with Emmaus at Carlton, Beds.  (Updated Nov 2005)

Black Cat Furniture

Tel / Fax 01525 712096
32 Church Road, Pulloxhill, BEDFORD MK45 5HE
Contact  Judith Terrell

Craft worker using discarded solid wood furniture.  Stripping pine, polishing, upholstery.  Restore items small enough to be transported by car (up to cupboard size - no 3-piece suites).  Individual commissions undertaken.  Offers of small unwanted items welcome.  Collection by arrangement.  Also buys and sells antiques.  (Updated May 2003)

Tel 01923 664454  Fax 01923 664398
Website  www.breweb.org.uk   Email  breweb@bre.co.uk
Contact  Rachel Charleston

BRE's Waste & Environmental Body facilitates ongoing environmental improvement in waste and construction industries through landfill tax sponsorship and/or collaborative partnerships in (high-profile) demonstration and research projects.  Currently projects seeking sponsorship include: furniture resource centre building materials re-use project; high grade aggregate from oil well drilling cuttings; removing barriers to the use of by-products from steel manufacturing in construction.  See also BRE, BREMAP, SalvoMIE and SmartWaste (20 Construction and demolition wastes).  (Updated August 2004)

Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project
Tel 01273 570500  Fax 01273 570600
4 Inverness Road, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 3JB (postal address only) 
Unit 32-36, Municipal Market, Circus Street, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 9QF (site address only)
Email info@woodrecycling.org.uk  Web www.woodrecycling.org.uk 
Contact  Richie Simpson, Managing Director; Christian Bernard - Director  

Originator of National Community Wood Recycling Project (see entry below) set up by Richard Mehmed, and
developer of the Recycled Wood Marque.   About 6,000 tonnes of wood a year is landfilled from the Brighton and Hove area alone.  Much is worth saving - the Woodstore is filled with tonnes of  reusable timber, most from the construction / demolition industry.  There is also wooden packaging waste and many non-returnable pallets. (see section 52).  Much household wood ends up at the local tip, or stays in garages and sheds for years.  As most "waste" timber is commercial, a charge can be made to take it away - at less than the cost of a skip, so there is a financial and environmental incentive to recycle.  Sponsored by 3 environmentally aware local building companies, a small truck was bought to collect from their building sites.  Timber was separated and stacked for collection.  The loads are sorted and as much as possible re-used, for instance as floorboards, skirting, shelves and craft materials.  Only 15% of the timber collected is returned to the waste stream.  Also collects from firms with packaging waste and pallets, and members of the public.  

A classification system was developed with the following grades:  
Grade 1   Timber good enough to sell back to the DIY / builders market.  Altough virtually anything will be useful to someone, grade 1 is wood at least 2 metres long, relatively sound, free from bad splits, nails and other contaminants.  Also sheet materials including ply, chipboard, hardboard and MDF over  1 metre square; doors in good condition; pieces of hardwood and anything "interesting".  Although the wood might look dirty, it is suitable for many uses. 
Grade 2
Clean and sound, but too short or small to be easily sold for DIY.  Suitable to make wood products, from compost bins, bookshelves, art &craft items to high quality furniture.  Making and selling such items is a good way to raise cash and to get across the potential for using recycled wood.  The Recycled Wood Marque helps too, making it easier to identify recycled wood products. 
Grade 3
Around 80% of all wood waste, this grade is the biggest challenge - rotten fence posts, small offcuts, broken doors and everything that doesn't fit into the other two grades.  Much firewood is sold to local farmers with wood-fired boilers heating greenhouses;  lots is re-manufactured into chipboard.  A reasonably sustainable use for the large volume of this grade is as a fuel; one aim is to encourage installation of wood-fired heating / hot water systems in suitable buildings. With the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, wood could be widely used. 
(Updated Nov 2005) 

Broxbourne Furniture Store 
Tel 07817 497917  Fax 01992 719391
Contact  Steve Risk

Aims to provide good quality furniture free for people in Broxbourne Borough area on a low income on on benefits.  Supplies charities and organisations, and will engage in moving people within the borough.  Open Mon-Fri 9-5.  Store open by appointment only; deliveries arranged afterwards (small charge).  (Updated Feb 2005)

Cambridge SOFA  (see below for SOFA Peterborough)
Tel / Fax 01223 576535  
Email recycle@cambridgesofa.org.uk   Website www.cambridgesofa.org.uk

Unit H, The Paddocks, 347 Cherry Hinton Road, CAMBRIDGE CB1 8DH
Contact  Beni Benstead, Manager; or Marion  

Voluntary group with two paid staff.  Collection of unwanted furniture, household and electrical goods for redistribution to people with proof of being on benefits or referred by social services, medical centres, or other known suitable organisations.  Open Mon-Fri10-3 for clients to view, pick up, or for a small charge arrange delivery.  Donors of items can phone to arrange delivery or free collection.  Items must meet trading standards, fire safety regulations, etc.  In store training for volunteers, including involvement in for example Investors In People scheme.  Provides talks for organisations and groups, including medical centres, doctors' surgeries, playgroups, Women's Institutes and many others - who often become a source of referred clients - given by Sarah Steggles, Assistant Manager and Outreach Officer.  Hoping to collect and redistribute unwanted paint under a Community Re>Paint scheme.  Note: 'SOFA' (Shifting Old Furniture Around) is the name adopted by a Bristol group who pioneered community furniture and household appliance recycling, starting the first successful scheme in Britain.  (Updated May 2003)

Cash Converters

Tel 01920 485697 / 01920 485696  Fax 01920 485695
Email administration@cashconverters.co.uk  Website www.cashconverters.co.uk 
15-17 Gentlemen's Field, Westmill Road, WARE, Herts SG12 0EF

Head office of a franchised national network of 98 shops (over 500 stores worldwide).  Secondhand dealers purchasing clean, unwanted goods in working order, particularly electronic, photographic, gardening, household and sports equipment. May not collect.  Normal opening hours 9-5, although this may vary.  Contact above or refer to Yellow Pages for locations of nearest shops.  (Updated May 2003)

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

Of 300 million litres of paint sold each year in the UK ( trade and domestic), 38 million litres are stored, hoarded in garages or wasted.  Save Waste And Prosper is an organisation  specialising in sustainable resource management, waste minimisation and recycling.  One of the projects they co-ordinate is Community Re>Paint, 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.  Over 70 local paint schemes operate around the UK.   Householders can donate surplus paint at drop- off points (usually a walk-in skip) such as a local DIY store, a skip at the 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, begun in 1994, 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.  (Updated Aug 2004)

Community Wood Recycling Project, National -
see National Community Wood Recycling Project, below

Compass Community Shops, Peterborough
Tel  01733 343499
Website  www.compasspeterboroughltd.com/CommunityShopsMainpage.asp  
5 Scalford Drive, Welland
114 Chadburn, Paston
437 Lincoln Road
79 Eastfield Road -
also has its own cafe.

Takes donations of clothes, kitchen and household items including bedding, crockery, curtains, children's toys, books, and electrical goods - kettles, toasters, lamps, that could be of use to somebody else.  Offered at low prices to those in need.  If unable to take your donation to one of the stores, they can collect.  House clearances undertaken.  Not for fund raising, but serving the community.  Belongs to Compass (Peterborough) partnership,  also including CompassIT (Restore IT) (see Computers, section 87); Restore scrapstore (section 140); SOFA furniture reuse and recycling (see below); Credit Union banking; Step One employment, training and benefits advice; and Partnership House 'one stop shop' advice on welfare benefits, debt, employment and guidance training for Welland residents.  (Updated Feb 2004)

Cray Kids Furniture
Tel 0208 300 8902  Fax 0208 300 9607
Email craykids@shaftesburysoc.org.uk  Website www.shaftesburysoc.org/website.asp?page=Cray%20Kids%20Furniture 
111 Cotmandene Crescent, ST PAULS CRAY, Kent BR5 2RB
Contact  Steve Bridge, Project Manager

Restorer of old wooden furniture that would otherwise be thrown away.  Also specialist maker of eye-catching, one-off recycled children's furniture and other woodwork items from reclaimed material, at affordable prices.  Only manufacturer of recycled children's furniture in London area (and possibly further afield). 
Will design to your specifications.  Offers basic woodwork training to 14-21 yr olds.  Takes donations of wood and wood related materials including furniture from businesses and public.  Uses reclaimed and surplus woods - please contact the project if you have some available.  Training programme working with various youth and education agencies, to teach woodworking skills to 12 to 18 young people a year, often disadvantaged school leavers, working towards Level 1 City and Guilds woodwork qualification.  Also helps trainees improve numeracy and literacy skills.  Winner, Environmental Business Award.  Advice given on setting up similar projects - contact Chris Price, Tel 01689 832104, email cprice@shafttesburysoc.org.uk.  A project of  Shaftesbury Resources Centre, see listing below.  (Updated Aug 2004)

Dacorum Paradise Furniture Project
See Hemel Hempstead

Dorcas New Forest

Tel  Helpline 01425 619000 Mon-Thu 10 -1  Office 01425 627317 Mon - Thu 9 - 1  Fax 01425 627318   
Email emma@dorcasnewforest.co.uk
Unit 8, Milford Business Centre, Wick Drive, NEW MILTON, Hants BH25 6RH
Contact  Emma Mahy, Project Manager   Sally Paterson, Helpline Officer

Charity collecting unwanted furniture and household goods and appliances.  Cannot accept or supply gas cookers.  Sofas must have a fire safety regulation label.  Items are stored in a warehouse and delivered to local people in the most need.  Objectives are to assist those who cannot afford to buy new or second-hand by providing essential furniture and household items. This meets recycling objectives, preventing further landfill.  Donated goods collected from the local region within New Forest, and delivered to Highcliffe, New Milton, Lymington, Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Ringwood, Fordingbridge, and Beaulieu areas.  People who receive goods are invited to donate 5 towards delivery and fuel costs.  Recipients are referred  from local statutory or voluntary agencies or the independent sector eg New Forest District Council housing department, social services, Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, health visitors, housing associations, religious ministers.  (Updated June 2004)

East Herts Furniture Scheme
Tel 01920 877305  Fax 01920 872375
Unit 8, Amwell Lane, STANSTEAD ABBOTTS, Herts SG12 9SS
Contact  Janet Ilott, Scheme supervisor

Free collection of furniture and white and electrical goods, suitable for small flats, within East Herts Council area.  No pianos, bikes etc.  Available to residents on benefit only.  Deliveries 5.  Warehouse opening hours for viewing 930-1230.  Information via libraries, leaflets, doctors' surgeries, CVS, county magazines etc.   
(Updated May 2003)  

ECT Recycling

Tel 0208 832 2494  Recycling Hotline 0208 937 5037  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 (see below), 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 - see 11 Green waste and composting for similar initiatives) - to be made into compost then sold for use in parks and gardens, feeding the soil (partnership with London Remade, West London Waste Authority, Waste Watch, and the Organic Resource Agency;  uses in-vessel composting units in integrated kitchen waste and dry recyclable collection).  Recycling Hotline 0208 937 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)

Ely Sofa

Tel 01353 663418  Fax 01353 668919
Email ely-sofa@btopenworld.com, ely_sofa@btopenworld.com  
31 St Mary's Street, ELY, Cambridgeshire CB7 4HF
Contact  Sherrie Halls, Coordinator  

Reg charity for 10 yrs.  'Shifts Offered Furniture Around' - collects furniture, and any household goods except large white goods, in East Cambs area.  These are passed on at affordable cost to anybody needing them - including pensioners who they are encouraging to come forward.  Referral agencies used, including CAB and housing associations, but also their own informal assessments.  Collects free from anybody including businesses and organisations, but mainly householders.  Small shop open to everybody.  Unusual / antique items sold for funds.  Handouts, leaflets and library displays available, but word of mouth very successful.  Office open 11-3 Tue, Wed, Thur; delivery 10-2 Tue, Wed, Thur, no charge.  Networks with others through FRN (see listing below), and a small local network including Emmaus (below) and Sue Rider.  (Updated May 2004)

Emmaus Cambridge
Tel 01223 863657 (shop / enquiries)   Tel / Fax 01223 862676 (business office)   Tel 01223 863950 (charity/homelessness office)  
Email xt40@dial.pipex.com  Website www.emmaus.org.uk
Green End, Land Beach, Cambridgeshire CB4 8ED

Social ethics led organisation, giving previously homeless people accommodation and fulfilling work.  Furniture recycling is one of the most successful ways the organisation's UK sites have accomplished this.  Receives during opening hours, and collects and delivers by prior arrangement, unwanted, good quality furniture and household goods including electrical items, for resale to fund the project.  Delivery charges apply, but vary.  Also runs social furniture project selling items at reduced rates for those on benefits (referral/proof required - no delivery charge).  Works with many other organisations, mainly social services and agencies.  Takes almost anything - except soft furnishings without safety labels, computer equipment, baby items, pianos or electric organs, fridges with defective seals, photocopiers, gas bottles, or tins containing paraffin, petrol, paint or other inflammables.  Takes unusual / antique items, which may be restored before sale.  Publicity info and leaflets available.  Open 8.30-1 and 2-5 Mon, 8.30am-5pm Tue-Sat.  (Updated May 2004)

Emmaus Village Carlton
Tel 01234 720826   Fax 01234 721964   Email emmausvillage@aol.com
School Lane, CARLTON, Beds MK43 7LQ   
Contact  Maureen and Alan Barrett, Community Leaders, or John Creasey, Project Development Manager

Self-supporting, friendly community offering homeless and unemployed people their own room independent of state benefits, and work including recycling items then sold to the public.  Open to public 10-4 Wed to Sat.  Donations of resaleable items welcome, from dining suites, wardrobes, dressing tables and beds, to smaller items.  Furniture showroom has ever-changing 'quality' bargains that could furnish an empty home.  Shops, stalls and market sell donated books, clothes, jewellery, pictures, toys, trinkets, crockery, furniture, bic-a-brac at bargain prices.  Electrical items checked and provided with PAT certificate.  Visitors can ask if unseen items are in store or to be donated shortly.  Furniture repaired and renovated in workshop, run by experienced manager.  Hoping to make bespoke furniture to order.

House clearances undertaken. Large items collected.  Accepts nearly new clothes, preferably washed and ironed.  Soft furnishings must have non-flammable label.  Can't take children's safety equipment, cots, prams, anything using gas, nor flat pack furniture beyond repair.  Provides speakers, guided tours for groups, art and craft exhibitions, dances, events and visits including manor farmhouses.  Bedford College is setting up a computer training centre onsite.  Works with voluntary groups, Prince's Trust, and international projects.  Bistro provides good food at fair prices, and maps for miles of local country footpaths.  Companions (residents) stay as long as they wish, work full-time whatever their skills, often going on to help others.  People wanting to move on are helped to find accommodation and work.  Shops and bistro provide commercial settings to develop skills.  Volunteers welcomed in all areas.  Gardening undertaken.  Integrates with community and organisations, aiming to provide services and recreational sites for all.  (Updated May 2004)

Emmaus St Albans

Tel  01727 817 294 (Office)   01727 817297 (Shop)    Fax  01727 817077 (Office)
Email  emmausatstalbans@aol.com   Website  www.emmaus.org.uk
Hill End Lane, ST ALBANS, Herts AL4 0FE
Contact  David Bex, Co-ordinator

Social ethics led organisation, giving previously homeless people accommodation and fulfilling work.  Free collection (or preferably receives by prior arrangement) unwanted, good quality furniture and household goods to redistribute to the public, residents and those on low incomes (referral forms and letters used - can be provided on request).  Flexible pricing according to needs; small delivery charge.  Seeking lounge, dining, kitchen and bedroom furniture, small electrical goods such as irons and kettles, and  large electrical items such as electric cookers, washing machines, dryers,  fridges, freezers, and fridge-freezers.  Beds, sofas, and armchairs must have appropriate fire safety labels; no upholstery taken.  Deliveries and collections 9-12 and 2-4 Tue-Sat.  Items on view in shop, but people can also request to see extra items held in warehouse.  Holds regular open days.  Leaflets and handouts available, and also placed eg in local doctors' and council offices.  Involved with St Albans Girls School, including events.  Talks at schools, churches, local groups, voluntary and other organisations.  Open Tue-Sat 9-5.  Networks with CVS Furniture Recycling Scheme, Harmondsbury Hospital, Radlett 01923 857930.  (Updated May 2004)

First Call
see 1st Call

First Move Furnishaid Ltd
Tel 01493 331919  Fax 01493 854551
Email 1move@furnishaid.ffnet.co.uk
Nelson Drill Hall, Artillery Square, GT YARMOUTH, Norfolk NR30 2LR
Contact  Graham Dugdale, Warehouse manager   

Charitable furniture reuse company.  Offers free collection of any reusable furniture and household items, including electrical and white goods (but no gas, or dressing tables).  Can take items without fire safety labels - when sold items are provided with a document explaining safety.  Goods sold at very low prices (a 3-piece suite for 40).  Buyers should show proof of benefit, or referral from hospitals, social services, and many other agencies.  Flexible free collection (afternoons) and delivery (mornings) in Gt Yarmouth borough.  Warehouse shop open for view and buy 9.30-3.30 Mon-Fri.   Collects mainly from households.  Breaks down anything not saleable, but keen to find and work with any organisations and companies offering environmental reuse and recycling eg for electrics, wood and textiles.  Staffed by volunteers.  Part of First Move, working with anyone unemployed or on benefit in the borough.  Networks with many organisations in the region, including Aid and Assist, Benjamin Foundation, Salvation Army Norwich, and British Heart Foundation Lowestoft (see separate listings).  Handouts and leaflets available, and library displays undertaken.  (Updated May 2004)

FRACAS (Furniture Reuse Across Civic Amenity Sites)
- see
Restore Community Projects below

Furniture Aid Leighton Linslade -
see Leighton Linslade below

Furniture Exchange RVT

Tel 0208 392 1420
Townmead Centre, Townmead Road, Kew, RICHMOND, Surrey TW9 4EL

Distribution scheme for unwanted furniture  covering London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.  Van collections on Mondays.

Furniture Now!
Tel 01273 487377 /
Email tub@furniturenow.fsnet.co.uk  Website www.furniturenow.org.uk 
Unit 1&2 Phoenix Works, North Street, LEWES, East Sussex BN7 2PE
Contact  Tub Collins

Charity established 1994 for community furniture re-use, recycling and training
in the arts and techniques of restoration of furniture and household items.  Re-use: collects  furniture and appliances free from households, organisations and businesses, and supplies al low cost to people on low incomes.   Reduce: helps minimise the environmental impact of waste collection and disposal.  Recycle: operates services to help local communities minimise their waste; carries out repair and renovation to create usable furniture with a minimum of manufacturing process; ensures materials which can be recycled do not become waste.  Aims to offer as wide a choice of good quality furniture as possible, including carpet and rugs, children's items and office equipment, but no electrical items.  Open Mon to Thu 10 am to 4 pm.  Warehouse has full disabled access.  Low impact, sustainable transport

Recent laws on fire-proof upholstery have resulted in an enormous amount of dining chairs, sofas, arm chairs etc going into landfill.  But FN!’s upholstery programme teaches skills in taking these old items, re-upholstering them and returning them to use with a new lease of life.
  New skills and creative talent can be harnessed (eg stippling, stencilling, wood-graining, marbling and rag-rolling) while completing accredited training.  Trainees complete a unit in Health & Safety in the Workplace.  Training for mental health service users.  Also provides kerbside recycling of household waste in Lewes, in partnership with the local authority and community volunteer groups.  Aims to protect the environment by research and development into waste minimisation and recycling, and education by demonstrating sustainable practices.  Tries to offer comprehensive solutions to problems of environmental degradation, waste, poverty and social exclusion.  (Updated Feb 2004)

Furniture Reuse Across Civic Amenity Sites (FRACAS) - see Restore Community Projects below

Furniture Re-use Network -
see also introduction at top of page
Head Office / Administration 
Tel 01924 380587 / 01924 375252 
Email furniture.rn@aol.com  Website www.frn.org.uk 
c/o  Community Furniture Service, The Old Drill Hall, 17a Vicarage Street North, Wakefield, WEST YORKS WF1 4JS  

Research and Development Office
Tel 0117 954 3571  Fax 0117 954 3570 
Email clairef@frn.org.uk 
48-54 West Street, St Philips, Bristol  BS2 0BL  
Contact  Craig Anderson, Development Manager (including info on white goods re-use and recycling) or Claire Franklin

Established 1989 to improve services of UK furniture re-use charities continuously, and help them support one another.  Co-ordinating body for 300 UK furniture and appliance re-use and recycling organisations - over 160 refurbish domestic appliances for re-use - collecting and passing on a wide range of safe, legally compliant household items to low income families and people in need.  Promotes re-use of household items to alleviate hardship, distress and poverty.  Brings social, economic and environmental benefit.  

Re-use of 1.5 million items per year.  Over 250,000 domestic appliances repaired annually for those who cannot afford new ones.  Diverts 63,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, and helps 5000 people work to collect and deliver furniture and appliances.  Free collection from households.  FRN members operate the largest UK fridge collection, of over 300,000 fridges a year - up to 15% are re-used.  FRN expects all members to respect principles of Community development: to interact with, empower, include and represent their local communities.  Puts human values before financial gain.  Hopes individuals receive more satisfaction from experiencing reuse, whether as donor, volunteer, staff, referral agency or household.  

Fit for Re-use - good practice guide to operating an electrical appliance re-use, refurbishing and recycling facility.  FRN's WEEE-compliant national standard.
ARRC (Appliance Re-use and Recycling in the Community) Strategy - on implementing future work practices of organisations involved in community domestic appliance re-use, as set out in "Fit for Re-use”.  
Loading Up - good practice guide to set up and run a community-based furniture re-use organisation, including accounting systems and health and safety.  
National Standards - in eg project monitoring, evaluation, and furniture collection.

Website carries map which you can click on to find nearest charity receiving donated goods.  FRN is developing 35+ regional centres ARRC Centres (WEEE sorting centres) to offer full audit trail, following "Fit for re-use”.  Member organisations strive to best practice in employment, health and safety, volunteering and anti-discriminatory practice. 
(Updated Feb 2004)

Furniture Store -
see Broxbourne

Garden House Hospice
Tel 01462 476922  Fax 01462 476916
Vantage Point, Birds Hill, LETCHWORTH Garden City, Herts SG6 1GH
Contact  Warehouse Manager

Charity.  Collect, within North Herts, unwanted furniture, beds with suitable safety labels, bulky items and clothes in saleable condition. No electrical goods.  No furniture repair/restoration.  Trading company open 9-4.30.  Items for sale through seven shops in Letchworth, Hitchin and surrounding area. Training for volunteers for shops and the trading company.  (Updated May 2003)

Gatehouse Furniture Recycling
Tel 01284 754967  Fax 01284 761212   Email  gatehouse@waitrose.com 
Dettingen Way, BURY ST EDMUNDS, Suffolk IP33 3TU
Contact  Jenny West

Free collection by prior arrangement of all household items that are clean and meet fire regulations.  Redistributed to anyone on low income.  Furniture is not priced - donation requested for transport costs and workers' time.  Purpose built unit open 2 days a week, or by appointment 5 days a week.  Leaflets and Poster available.  (Updated June 2004)

Global Office Supplies / Holloway Office Furniture
Tel 0207 607 9177
253 Holloway Road LONDON N7 8HG

Buys and sells secondhand office furniture and supplies.  Also sells new.  (Updated May 2005)

Tel 0845 230 2231  Fax 0207 981 0441
Email info@green-works.co.uk  Website www.green-works.co.uk  
(Head office)  2nd Floor, Downstream, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG 
Contact  Chris Triggs (furniture to donate) or Colin Crooks on 0207 9810450 (info and membership) 

Practical service removing redundant office equipment, while tackling environmental concerns and helping local community groups.   Not-for-profit social enterprise bridging gap between organisations with redundant office and IT equipment and those needing it, like schools, charities, hospitals, community groups and start-up businesses (over 700 to date).  Also sells to individuals, SME's and other groups, mostly from regional outlets (below).  Now makes range of new furniture, Re-made as-new to order from reclaimed timber, from Wembley warehouseOne-stop service to members, mainly commercial organisations or government bodies, to remove all unwanted office furniture and redistribute or recycle it - helping member' fulfil corporate and social responsibilities (including 'waste regulations, activity in local community, and ethical standards'); and needs of their facility management and office relocation consultants.  Supplies, and can deliver, at discount and low cost.  Range changes constantly: desks, filing cabinets, conference tables and chairs, pedestals, coat-stands, notice boards, shelving, floor panelling, waste paper bins, stationery and IT.  Also supplies reused, as-new carpet tiles in various colours, eg to replace worn tiles in busy office corridors (in partnership with Interface)Operates in deprived inner city areas to create jobs and training for disadvantaged and disabled people.  Also exports to developing countries.  Members pay initial annual membership, based on number of employees and amount of furniture likely to be disposed, entitling them to at-cost collections.  Records destinations of all equipment donated.  Donors may use donations for marketing.  Website includes environmental advice at www.green-works.co.uk/corporateinformation/environmentaladvice/module_index.php?id=2.  Quarterly newsletter includes amounts of equipment reused and recycled.  News and events page.  Customers include: Barnardo's, Cutty Sark, Action on Pre-Eclampsia, Universities, Law Centres, Prison Reform Trust, Prince's Trust, Ozone Friends.  Corporate members include banks and Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 
3 warehouses in London.  Regional outlets: Woolwich, Silvertown (see listings below); Leicester (contact Sue Pitman, 0116 224 1350, leicester.warehouse@green-works.co.uk), East Durham
(contact Peter Keaveney, 0191 518 4394 or mobile 07971 018996), and Paisley, Scotland.  Founded 2000.  (Updated Feb 2007)

HCVS, Rainbow Services, Furniture Recycling  Project

Tel (HCVS) 01279 308315  Tel (Shop) 01279 308151
1&2 Slacksbury Hatch, Helions Road, HARLOW, Essex CM19 4ET

Collection of unwanted furniture for use by Harlow people on low incomes.  Also operate a recycling shop open Mon, Tue and Thu 9-12, 1-3, for unwanted clothing, bedding and household effects.  (Updated May 2003) 

Hemel Hempstead: Dacorum Paradise Furniture Project

Tel 01442 263197 (furniture and collection)
or 269892 (training, other matters)  Fax 01442 263192  Email paradise_project@talk21.com 
c/o DBC Housing Dept, Paradise Industrial Estate, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Herts HP2 4TQ 
Contact  William Allen or Wendy Dove 
Successful and expanding furniture recycling and refurbishing scheme.  Part of Dacorum CVS, but seeking independence.  Collection line staffed 9-12am.  Warehouse open Mon-Thu 1-4pm, Fri 1-3pm for sales to public, but 50% discount for benefit claimants.  People in urgent need referred by social services and other appropriate agencies get priority.  Collection free, except 5 for fridges and freezers.  Delivery charge 5 within borough, increased rates outside.  Two schemes operated: (1) Domestic furniture including beds with fire label, working white & electrical goods inc fridges, and crockery.  No gas appliances, children's or garden furniture, wardrobes over 3'6" wide, or long low sideboards. Electrical goods tested for safety before resale. (2) Kingsland office furniture project (KEEP) on separate site accepts office furniture from local companies, and undertakes re-upholstery and repair / restoration before distribution to local charities and voluntary organisations.  Goods are made from reclaimed wood; also mirror recycling and painting.  Training provided in upholstery, woodwork, warehousing and IT for people recovering from mental illness, ex-offenders, and from Volunteer Bureau.  Woodwork courses and forklift training planned.  Community Re>Paint scheme starting Summer 2003.  Two income streams - sales, and funded training contracts.
  (Updated Jan 2006)

Home from Home 
Tel  01634 409509 (Warehouse 1)   01634 828567 (Warehouse 2)    Fax  01634 826000
Email  trust@vinescentre.org.uk    Website  www.vinescentre.org.uk/home%20from%20home.htm, www.vinescentre.org.uk
The Vines Centre Trust, Gas House Road, ROCHESTER, Kent ME1 1PN
Contact   Dwain Vinten,  or Paul Bellamy, Operations manager

Collects usable unwanted domestic and office furniture and redistributes to those in need in and around Medway, north Kent.  15,000 items given free to people on low incomes and receiving benefits in the last 5 years (small handling and delivery charge applies).  Quality is so high that no items are collected that need repairing.  Collects and resells office furniture.  Hundreds of desks, filing cabinets and similar have been saved and resold at a low cost to charities and other groups.  Played a key role, removing unwanted furniture for reuse, when over 34 tons of waste was collected in Chatham in one weekend.  Provides training, work experience and personal development for young people.  Skills include warehousing and customer service.  Part of Vines Centre Trust (see Charities section 130), which operates many recycling activities, including CyberArk free or low cost computers (section 87); Re>Paint offering free paint (sections 22, 61, 430); and cans collected by van and recycled (section 54).  Also free and low cost access to internet and computers at 5 UK Online sites around Medway (see also www.ukonline.gov.uk/Home/Homepage/fs/en )  Promotes social responsibility and sustainable use of the earth's resources.  (Updated May 2004)

Homestore (Quaker Social Action)

Tel 0208 519 6264  Fax 0208 519 9453
Email Homestore@dial.pipex.com  Website www.quakersocialaction.com/homestore.html  
Unit 2, Maryland Ind Est, Maryland Road, Stratford, LONDON E15 1JW  
Contact  Jim Carling, Project Manager

Charity collecting unwanted furniture, domestic and electrical goods, for redistribution to people on low incomes referred by any suitable organisations within East London Boroughs, including social services and housing associations.  Open Mon-Fri 10-3 for clients to view, collect or arrange to receive free delivery of items - some form of identification required.  Office hours Mon-Fri 9-430 for all queries.  Those wishing to donate items can phone the office for free collection or to make arrangements to deliver.  Donations are regularly made by businesses, organisations and individuals.  Please see website for postcodes covered by HomeStore.   Also on site is Odd Jobs Training Centre,  for those homeless and vulnerably housed.   Networks with Forest Re-paint community scheme, for example restoring furniture.  Open to networking with other projects and activities.   (Updated Jan 2005) 

Hounslow Community Transport Furniture Project
Tel 0208 744 0615  Fax 0208 744 0623 
Carnegie Hall, Northcote Avenue, ISLEWORTH, Middx TW7 7JQ

Unwanted furniture, including office furniture, collected free and sold at low cost for reuse by people in need, mainly council referrals.  Warehouse also open to public, 8.30am - 4pm.  All household and electrical goods taken, as well as gas appliances which are serviced by qualified engineers.  Delivery 10. Serves Hounslow, Chiswick, Ealing, Richmond, Twickenham, Stanmore, Ashford.  Furniture needing repair is sent elsewhere for refurbishing by handicapped people.  Also operates a 'dial a ride' service from Montagu Rd.  Not connected to ECT.  Supported by council and lottery funding.  (Updated May 2003)

Hove YMCA (Trading)
Tel 01273 731724  Fax 01273 715449
Email info@hveymca.org.uk  Website www.hoveymca.org.uk 
17 Marmion Road, HOVE, East Sussex BN3 5FS
Contact  Chris Turner-Robson

Five charity shops in Brighton and Hove area, three accepting furniture and electrical goods as well as clothes, books and household items.  Vans can collect larger items - more info from 01273 777212 930-430 Mon Sat.  Furniture at 4 Blatchington Road, Hove (205265) and 22 Brunswick Road, Shoreham (441993), and electrical goods 66 Blatchington Road, Hove (776868).  Furniture and bicycles repaired.  Volunteers wanted (3.50 lunch and travel expenses).  (Updated Feb 2005)

Ipswich Furniture Project 
Hogarth Road, Ipswich IP3 0EY
Tel 01473 404004  Email ipswichfp@aol.com 
Contact  Bob Whitehead

Charity collecting general domestic furniture including electrical goods and passed on to people on benefit within Ipswich area. Open Mon-Fri 9am-12. 
(Updated Feb 2004)

Kings Cross Furniture Project  see Restore Community Projects

Leighton Linslade Recycling Initiative (Furniture Aid) 
Tel 01525 854648
11 Acacia Close, Cherry Court Way, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, Beds LU7 8QB
Contact  Shane Davison

Charity collecting unwanted but usable furniture, domestic appliances, utensils etc in Beds and Bucks for sale at nominal prices to needy people on low incomes referred by local welfare agencies. Gas cookers and electrical appliances are subjected to safety and functional checks.  Additional warehouse / shop at Units 1/2 Bessemer Crescent, Rabans Lane Industrial Estate, Aylesbury HP18 3TF, Tel 01296 426566.  (Updated Apr 2003)

Letchworth Furniture Link 
see North Herts CVS

Lighthouse Furniture Project
Tel 01277 222050
Website www.lighthousefurniture.org  Email admin@lighthousefurniture.org 
Unit 27 Tallon Road, Hutton Industrial Estate, BRENTWOOD, Essex CM13 1TE
Contact  Brian Darwood

Not for profit church-based organisation collecting good quality furniture, household items, soft furnishings (fire safety labels), carpets and white goods (less than 5 years old, in working order) for reuse.  No pianos, suites with wooden arms, glass tables, gas and electric fires.  Committed to recycling furniture which would otherwise go to landfill.   Aims to offer good quality, essential items of furniture to people in Brentwood and surrounding areas on low income or marginalized through hardship, poverty, social exclusion, disability or mental distress.  Referral scheme provides up to 50% discount.  Scheme managed by small team and relies on support of volunteers.  Warehouse open for viewing and buying Mon-Fri 930am to 4pm, Sat 930 to 1230.  10 charge for home deliveries.  Plans to work with local small electrical retailers to repair and re-use electrical items ready for next years WEEE legislation.  May set up a paint re-use scheme. (Updated Nov 2005)

Magpie Recycling Co-operative Furniture Department
Tel 01273 677577  Fax 01273 622415
Website www.magpie.uk.com  Email: magpie@solutions-inc.co.uk 
Saunders Park Depot, Saunders Park, BRIGHTON, East Sussex BN2 4AY

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.    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.  Head office at Unit B, Ashcourt, Hollingdean Lane, Brighton - see Charity section in WasteBook.  Also runs home kerbside Green Box recycling collection, serving 5000 customers using electric vehicles.  Paper and cardboard 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 is creating a market for products made from recycled materials to close the 'recycling gap'.  Delivery scheme became separate company, Real Food Direct, in May 2000, adding carefully sourced organic and local products, committed to providing a convenient, friendly and reliable way of shopping - see section on Organic and low input food.  (Updated Oct 2002) 

Malcolm Archer

Tel 01920 871858
83 The Maltings, Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbots, Ware, HERTS SG12 8HG

Clock restorer.  (Updated May 2003)


Tel 0208 880 9041 (warehouse) 
Website www.mencap.org.uk  
865 Victoria House, Tottenham High Street, LONDON N17 8AD

National mental health charity head office and main branch, with shop.  Unwanted furniture collected free (Tel 0208 880 9034) for reuse by people in need as well as public.  Furnishings, household items, bric-a-brac, beds, electrical goods, gas cookers but not fires.  Minor restoration/repairs only.  Open 8-6 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat.  Operate mainly North London and Herts.  Branches at Ponders End, Turnpike Lane, Finsbury Park, Seven Sisters.  Small charge for deliveries, min 3 per order (not per item).  (Updated May 2003)

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)

Tel 020 7168 2531
Website www.morph.org.uk  Email info@morph.org.uk 
19-23 Kingsland Road, Hackney, LONDON E2 8AA

Recycles unwanted furniture, selling home or office items at bargain prices.  The idea is from the continent, where recycling and social enterprise are big business, and several independent furniture recycling outlets used a common brand.  Collaboration between: Pecan Ltd (train and help people get jobs); Shaftesbury Resource Centre (help people furnish their homes); London Recycling Fund (promote recycling and reducing waste); Hackney Council (pioneering ways to reduce rubbish and landfill).  More upmarket than many secondhand furniture stores - cafe, pine floorboards, artwork on the wall.  People on benefit who register are entitled to discounts.  Furniture can be donated online or via Hackney Council Recycling Unit on 020 8356 6688.  Open Mon 10 - 1, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10- 5.  Closed Wed.  (Updated Oct 2005)

The National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP)
Tel 01273 465666  Fax 01273 465616
Email info@communitywoodrecycling.org.uk  
Website www.communitywoodrecycling.org.uk  
Premier House, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex BN43 5FF
Contact  Melanie Hickford, Communications Manager;  Richard Mehmed, Project Director 

Not-for-profit environmental group set up in February 2003 (at Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project - see above) to provide encouragement, help and practical advice to individuals or groups interested in setting up and developing community-focused wood recycling.  Helps and monitors a network of wood recycling projects across UK dealing in waste timber from construction and other users.  Wood is collected mainly from building site demolition, joinery, packaging and domestic waste, sorted into grades, then sold to the public via 'wood shops' or converted into wood products, firewood, woodchips for fuel, mulches or animal bedding.  Aims to see 20 more UK wood recycling projects (typically not-for-profit social enterprises) set up by 2007, saving thousands of tonnes of wood from landfill, creating sustainable jobs, training and volunteering opportunities, and aiding local waste minimisation strategies.  To encourage use of recycled timber, has developed the "Recycled Wood Marque", making it easier to identify recycled wood products.  They hope it will be adopted nationally and internationally.  People choosing products with the marque will encourage use of recycled materials.  More info on website.  (Updated Nov 2005)

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.  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-Fri 9.30-12.30, 1-4pm, and first Sat of month 930-1230.  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.  Safety tests all electrical appliances sold.  Accepts phones, and printer and toner cartridges for recycling (but not EPSON products).  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.  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.  See also sections 87 and 130.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Nine Lives Furniture -
see Rickmansworth 

NOAH Enterprise Furniture Link

Tel 01582 484001  Email info@noahenterprise.org 
54 Church Street, Power Court, Luton (Head office and warehouse)
Contact  Paul Robson, Kathy Lewis

NOAH (New Opportunities and Horizons), a charity set up to help homeless and disadvantaged people, operates the main furniture recycling scheme in Luton.  Two Luton vans collect unwanted furniture, which is redistributed to those finding accommodation.  Good quality used furniture sold.  Claims 70% is reused or recycled.  White goods, cookers, fridges refurbished for reuse from 2005 at 20,000 sq ft premises.  Training services (including accredited courses in carpentry, upholstery and basic joinery), and charity shop selling quality used clothing and bric-a-brac, are at 11-15 High Town Road, Luton LU2 0BW, Tel 01582 736751, Fax 01582 877024.  Other courses and help to heighten self-worth and aid transition to employment is offered.  Training centre has won Beacon award for 'sustainable community development'.  Welfare services, providing lunchtime meals, at 141 Park Street, Luton LU1 3HG, Tel 01582 728416  Fax 01582 486757.  (Updated Nov 2005)

North Herts CVS Furniture Link 
Tel 01462 683800  Fax 01462 683801
Email info@furniturelink.fslife.co.uk  Website www.nhcvs@care4free.net
Unit 8 Lacre Way, LETCHWORTH, Herts SG6 1NR
Contact  Faye Lloyd, Manager; Yolanda Warrell

Charity collecting used good quality furniture, linen, curtains, household items and electrical goods, available to low income families via a warehouse in Letchworth.  Also networks with and helps other charitable and community organisations.  Covers N Herts district (not Stevenage) and part of S Beds.  Open 1-4 Mon-Fri for customers to select items (people on proven low income, referred by statutory bodies or in emergency situations). Encourages pride of ownership.  Small operation - one vehicle, 2.5 staff!  Currently funded until 2005.  Free training and recycling workshop to renovate and reupholster.  Supported by Community (Lottery) funding, N Herts District Council and Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation. Parent body N Herts CVS, Hitchin.  (Updated Feb 2005)

North London SOFA Project

Tel 0207 281 5111
Old Laundry, 260 Hornsey Road, Holloway, LONDON N7 7QT

Unwanted furniture collected for reuse by people in need.

North Norfolk Resettlement Scheme  
Tel 01328 853382  Fax 01328 853384
Email  resettlement@benjaminfoundation.fsnet.co.uk 
2 Norwich Street, FAKENHAM, Norfolk NR21 9AE
Contact  Matt Garrod, or Stephen Carney

Project of the Benjamin Foundation.  Collects donated furniture including from social services and local community.  Most reusable items in good condition accepted, including soft furnishings, white goods, smaller electrical goods in working order, wardrobes, cupboards.  Passes on items free, as quickly as possible (short of storage space) to hostel and resettlement clients.  Collection free.  Networks with First Move (see listing above).  (Updated May 2004)

Notting Hill Furniture Store (part of Notting Hill Housing Group) 
Tel 0208 7433 121  
Email furniturestore@nhhg.org.uk  Website www.nottinghillonline.com/pid21_The_Furniture_Store.htm, www.nottinghillonline.com/pid76_Furniture_Store.htm 
The Underground Garage, Swunbrooke Estate, Acklam Road, LONDON W10 5YU  
(Notting Hill Housing Group:  Tel 020 8357 5000  Fax 020 8357 5299  Grove House, 27 Hammersmith Grove, LONDON W6 0JL - see Green building section 430)
Contact  Gari Sullivan  

Collects and delivers second-hand donated furniture to approx 1,000 families and individuals a year in West London.  'Hundreds of people visit the Housing Group with no means' - providing 'a bed, table, chairs, bedding or cutlery' reduces risk of debt.  Delivers to Trust members and people referred by local partners, social workers, housing officers and others in contact with vulnerable people.  Based in Shepherds Bush, people can make 6 visits to choose up to 10 items, free; and delivery is made within a week for a small charge.  'Donating good-quality, second-hand furniture reduces waste, recycles, avoids council fees (eg collection), and lowers amounts sent to landfill'.  Any organisation can join the scheme, for a nominal fee per referral which subsidises operational costs.  Plans new developments and greater range of services, including furniture restoration and NVQ training for volunteers.  Run as a community resource by a store manager, 3 paid drivers/warehouse and admin assistants, and a team of about 10 volunteers who have usually been helped by the store, or are from the local community, or have learning disabilities and need productive activity.  Notting Hill Housing Group (see Green building and decorating, section 430) also set up the London Housing Greenspace Network (LHGN) (also section 430), and funds: rebuild and renovation projects (see 430); smaller community projects; and community development workers working 'on the ground' with community members, in inner city estates or new urban social housing developments, helping them take responsibility for environment, facilities and community.  It helps 'people to choose, especially those with no choice now'.   (Updated Feb 2004)


Tel General enquiries 0870 333 2700  Reception 01865 311311  Fax 01865 321410 / 313770  Email oxfam@oxfam.org.uk, companies@oxfam.org.uk  
Website www.oxfam.org.uk, www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet
Oxfam House, 274 Banbury Road, OXFORD, Oxon OX2 7DZ 

Specialist furniture shops and departments accept good quality donated furniture, for resale at affordable prices.  Free collection: call the shop and staff will ask a few questions to check items are saleable before arranging to collect.  Free furniture deliveries also, in most cases - a small charge may be requested for some longer distances to cover costs, or for larger pieces not covered under staff insurance. 

Books, aluminium cans, stamps, coins and all household items welcomed at all shops.  1000 collection banks around the country for books, 600 for textiles.  Some shops other than furniture may have a collection service - phone your local shop to find out. 

Shops specialising in furniture: 


Tel 0208 769129   

23 Streatham High Road, Streatham, London SW16


Tel 023 80779580   

Oakhill House, Romsey Road, Shirley


Tel 01923 246209   



Tel 01603 665508   

8-10 Magdalen Street


Tel 0151 733664177   

609 Smithdown Road

Shops with a furniture department: 


Tel 01223 329841   

20 Burleigh Street 


Tel 01582 660040   

40 High Street North 


Tel 023 92293066   

43/47 Arundel Street 


Tel 01634 814790   

25/29 High Street 


Tel 0114 26643   

281 Fulwood Road, Broomhill

North Shields   

Tel 0191 2570145   

11b Saville Street West 

Oxfam head office main entry, see
Charity section 130.

Oxfam's other activities for donation and low price resale:
600 public donation banks for textiles and 1000 for books, collected via network of local warehouses.
Wastesaver sorting and reuse facility (Huddersfield, sends worldwide) for unsold clothes
.  Specialist bridal clothing and accessories departments in some Oxfam shops.  (See Textiles, section 81). 
Bookshops, and book departments, including rare and collectables, also via online marketplace www.abebooks.co.uk (see Books and publications, section 33). 
Music shops and departments (see section 33, or Miscellaneous unwanted goods 89). 
OXBOXX scheme for people moving home and removal companies, run by Oxfam with the British Association of Removers (BAR).   
Mobile Phone Recycling: Oxfam shops take donated phones.  If less than 10, you can also send to Oxfam 'Bring Bring' Scheme, Freepost LON16281, London WC1N 3BR; if more than 10, call 0870 752 0999 for free collection (see Computers, phones and electronic goods, section 87, and Electronic and electrical scrap, section 44).  
Cartridge Recycling: Toner cartridges: for a minimum of six, in original boxes, call LaserXchange Tel 01873 859901 for free collection.  Inkjet cartridges: LaserXchange will send 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)  

Computer equipment: contact Michael Taylor, mitaylor@oxfam.org.uk , Tel 01865 313484 (see Computers, phones and electronic goods, section 87).  
Stamp and Coin Unit handles sales of donated collectables (see Books section 33, or Miscellaneous unwanted goods, section 89).  
Companies contact companies@oxfam.org.uk for information on projects, fundraising, partnerships  
Collection - offered by some shops, eg furniture - phone your local shop to ask.  
Valuables - if you have something valuable to donate, please let Oxfam know. 
(Updated Feb 2004)

Ozone Friends 
Tel 0207 476 3900  Fax 0207 476 1700
Email ozonefriends@aol.com  Website www.ozonefriends.co.uk
29-31 Lambert Rd, Custom House, Canning Town, LONDON E16 3NN

Collects fridges, freezers, washing machines and cookers from local authorities, companies or individuals.  Part of Quaker Social Action umbrella group including New Life Training and Homestore.  Also at Buzzard Creek Trading Estate, Units 6,7,8  River Rd, BARKING, Essex IG11, Tel 0208 591 6333.  CFCs are extracted from fridges and freezers - if they can't be refurbished, these go to Earmark European Metal Recycling, Willesden - where gases are extracted and units are shredded.  Some fridges contain pentane, which are CFC-free.  Refurbished units sold via Homestore and Shaftesbury Resource Centre, Camberwell, 0207 737 7475.  Poor families are referred and may buy these cheaply.
   (Updated May 2004)

Portsmouth:  Beneficial Green-Works
- see Beneficial Green-Works and Green-Works, both separately listed above  

Recycled Kitchen Appliances (RK Appliances)

Tel 01920 877238  Fax 01920 872504  
French and Jupp The Maltings, Unit 12, RK Appliances, Roydon Road, Stanstead Abbots, WARE, Herts SG12 8HG

Restoration, safety testing and resale of kitchen appliances, mainly all types of white goods.  Handles graded (brand new with cosmetic damage) and nearly-new items previously returned to other businesses' stock, which RK collects and resells at favourable prices.  New goods also - orders taken, some discounted.  (Also shreds and reuses most packaging, paper and stationary.)  Based at a still working maltings (listed building) beside the river.  Works with County Council, Social Services and Benefits agencies who refer or make visits with clients in need, who may receive discounted goods.  (Updated Feb 2004)

Rekindled Wood
Tel 01722 326894  Email rklwood@btopenworld.com 
Boswell's Yard, Ford, SALISBURY, Wilts SP4 6DJ
Contact  Michael New

Furniture repair and restoration, and timber reclamation.  Furniture and household items made from recycled hardwood, eg chopping boards, sideboards, dressers; also bird tables, bird boxes and pet coffins.  Minimal energy used in production.  (Updated Apr 2003)

Restore Community Projects
(formerly Kings Cross Furniture Project)

Tel 0208 493 0900   Fax 0208 493 0109
Unit 18, Ashley Road, TOTTENHAM, London N17 9LJ
Email info@restorecommunityprojects.org
Website www.restorecommunityprojects.org (from later in 2004)

Contact  Austin Willett, general manager  

Residents with good, re-usable furniture can call Restore to have it collected. Open 9-4 Mon-Thu, 9-1 Fri.  Collects from central and North London, within M25.  Otherwise, for  free collection service of up to 5 bulky items from households, call Hackney Council waste helpline 0208 356 6688 (office hours).  Collections Mon-Thu, but if people can take the goods to a recycling centre it saves time for collectors.

Furniture Reuse Across Civic Amenity Sites (FRACAS) is a fridge, cooker and furniture recycling pilot project from Restore Community Projects. Funded by 230,000 from National Lottery Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED) Programme, it diverted 306 fridges from landfill in 2003.  Fridges are collected from public recycling centres in 7 North London boroughs,  refurbished, tested and sold from 50-80 with 6-month guarantee through social services and community organisations. 
(Updated May 2004) 

Richmond on Thames Furniture Scheme  

Tel / Fax 0208 755 4665
1a Fortescue Avenue, Twickenham, LONDON TW2 5LS
Email furniture.scheme@ukgateway.net
Website www.furniture.scheme.ukgateway.net 
Contact  Christopher Bush

Small charitable organisation collecting donated furniture in good condition from Richmond area, to recycle to people on low incomes to improve their quality of life. People are welcome to deliver furniture they are donating, by appointment.  An estimated 1,000 tones of furniture may be thrown away each year in Richmond.  Beds, chairs, tables, sofas and wardrobes in clean and good condition could all be reused, reducing pollution (no electrical goods taken).  Furniture can be viewed by appointment Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, by people referred by letter from recognised organisations. Delivery 10 in Richmond area or 15 outside the borough.  Advice including financial help available.  Committee meets every six weeks.  (Updated May 2004)

Rickmansworth: Nine Lives Furniture
Tel 01923 718666  Fax 01923 718633
25 Wharf lane, RICKMANSWORTH, Herts WD3 1HA
Email  tania@9livesfurniture.org.uk 

Collection to provide good quality, low cost furniture suitable to set up home for the first time - furniture, rugs, curtains, bed linen, lamps, electrical appliances, plates, cutlery etc.  No gas appliances or dirty / tatty items.  (Updated Feb 2005)

St Albans CVS 

Tel 01727 852657  Fax 01727 852656  Email peggy@cvsstalbans.org.uk  Website www.cvsstalbans.org.uk 
31 Catherine Street, ST ALBANS, Herts AL3 5BJ
Contact  Peggy Hughes, Executive Director CVS

Provides a circle of support to voluntary organisations.  Office contact point for CVS Furniture Recycling Scheme (St Albans), which collects clean items for reuse, including electrical appliances (not gas or fridges/freezers) in working order, helping people in need such as those on means-tested benefit, those moving into unfurnished housing, or older people who cannot afford to replace essential items.  Priority given to items currently needed. Also offers training in furniture renovation.  (Updated Feb 2005)

St Albans Emmaus
see Emmaus St Albans

St Albans Homeless Project

Tel 01727 852657
Trinity Church, 1 Beaconsfield Road, St. Albans, Herts AL1 3RD

Furniture collected for reuse by those in need.

St Barnabas Furniture Project
Tel 01480 437755 
Unit 11B, Blackstone Road, Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate, HUNTINGDON, Cambs PE29 6HG 
Contact  Sylvia Laycock, Office Coordinator, or Doreen Cousins

Voluntary organisation and charity established Oct 96.  Passes on at low cost furniture and household goods to those with proof of benefit, or referred from about 80 agencies including social services, CAB, and Huntingdon Freemen's Charity.  Warehouse open, displaying items, Wed and Fri 10-1.  Items priced according to quality.   Delivery 3-5 (flat charge) depending on area.  Deliveries and collections Tue and Thu, usually 9.30-3.  No charge for collections.  Takes anything, including white goods (non-CFC ie after 1998), except clothes and cots, from households and sometimes businesses or organisations.  Furniture must have fire regulation label and no cat or dog scratches.  Unsuitable bedding recycled at Wood Green animal shelter.  Works with Huntingdon Workbridge and other organisations involved in education/training, and the local community.  Supported by Huntingdon District Council.  Works with Emmaus Cambridge (see listing above), exchanging suitable items.  Leaflets and handouts available (for shops etc) and undertakes library displays.  (Updated May 2004)

St Elizabeth's Centre
Tel 01279 843451 / 844202  Fax 01279 844203
Email  admin@stelizabeths.org.uk 
South End, MUCH HADHAM, Herts SG10 6EW
Contact Kevin McMullen, Chief executive, or John Eke, Finance Director  

Charity running special school caring for children and adults with epilepsy and learning needs, plus The Art House (art and ceramics) and Ash Vale Produce (Organic farming and horticulture).  Charity shops at 6 Thorley Centre, Bishops Stortford, Tel 01279 507168 and 37 High Street, Buntingford, Tel 01763 274188, taking clothes, bric a brac, books etc.  Also 'Splinters' Furniture restoration at Unit 10, Southmill Road, Industrial Estate, Bishops Stortford.  Publishes St Elizabeth's News.  (Updated Feb 2005)

Shaftesbury Resources Centre
Tel 0207 737 7475  Fax 0207 737 7022
Email src@shaftesburysoc.org.uk  Website www.shaftesburysoc.org/website.asp?page=Shaftesbury%20Resources%20Centre  
93 Camberwell Station Rd, Camberwell / Southwark, LONDON SE5 9JJ 
Contact  Shan Rogbeer, Manager

Originally founded 1892 as the Guild of the Good Samaritan to give clothing and shoes to poor children of London.  Re-launched 1992 after 100 years service to meet contemporary needs. 

Takes all reusable domestic household furniture and goods in good condition from businesses and individuals.  Annually receives over 3,000 offers of furniture, recycles 7,000 items, and supports 1,700 households, 14 staff and up to 60 volunteers.  Only takes reusable items.  All electrical items distributed are tested and guaranteed for 6 months. (No longer collects fridge freezers.)  Covers whole of M25 area (if outside M25, they may have to arrange collection by a local charity providing a similar service in your area).  Works with anyone within the M25 area on low income, referred by over 200 agencies including social services and voluntary organisations - phone for more details of how this works.  Unusual or antique items restored and/or passed on.  Premises / warehouse open 10-4 Mon-Fri.  Free deliveries and collection Mon-Fri 9am onwards, by prior arrangement.  Small handling charge on goods delivered.  Aims to give work experience to young people and people facing long-term unemployment.   Accredited (NVQ2) customer services training for volunteers and trainees.  Operates in partnership and networks with many organisations.  Involved in community projects and activities including fitting child safety equipment into homes (preventing potentially hundreds of accidents per year).  Publicity, information, library, handouts, and leaflets.  Advice given on setting up similar projects - contact Chris Price for details, Tel 01689 832104, email cprice@shafttesburysoc.org.uk .  See also Cray Kids Furniture,
only manufacturer of recycled children's furniture in London area, as listed above. 
(Updated Feb 2004)

The Sharing Project

Tel 01753 887173  Fax 01753 892572
Website www.goldhill.org 
Goldhill Baptist Church, Goldhill Common East, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 9DG
Contact  Nicola Chitty, Sharing Project co-ordinator

Furniture and household goods, small cupboards etc, collected for reuse.  Bedding and sofas only post 1988 with fire labels.  No electrical or white goods except kettles and toasters.  Some recipients referred through social workers.  Networks with Slough Furniture Project and several others.  Contact 9-5 Mon, Tue, Thu.  (Updated Apr 2005) 

Silvertown  Green-Works  
Tel 020 7476 4555 or 020 7476 4888   Fax 020 7476 4666  
Email firstfruit@btconnect.com  
Website www.ffw.eclipse.co.uk/index.html, www.green-works.co.uk/regionaloutlets/silvertownlondonE16/module_index.php?id=7
Unit 14, Kierbeck Business Complex, North Woolwich Road, Silvertown, LONDON E16 2BG  
Contact  Clare Valentine, Warehouse manager  

Supplies furniture to the community sector, and carries out recycling of furniture on-site, processing up to 500 tonnes of material a month.  Run in partnership with the charity First Fruit who have helped the homeless in East London since the mid-1990s.  The warehouse is based in London's East End, near City Airport.  Occupies 30,000 sq ft, housing a huge range of furniture.  Open Mon to Thurs 8.30am - 4.45pm, Fri 8.30am - 4.30pm.  Established Nov 2002.  For main text and Green-Works head office see Green-Works above(Updated May 2005)

Slough Furniture Project

Tel 01753 692535   Fax  01753 577505
Website www.home-makers.org.uk  
Email collections@home-makers.org.uk or admin@home-makers.org.uk 
69/71 Wentworth Avenue, Britwell, SLOUGH, Berks SL2 2DS 
Contact   Norma Palmer, project co-ordinator

Unwanted furniture collected, sold at low cost and delivered for reuse by underprivileged people on benefits.  Renovates household and business goods.  Aims to increase skills of volunteers, to reduce landfill and fly-tipping; network with other agencies and help those in ethnic communities, and help offenders leaving prison to set up home.  Adopts environmentally sustainable working practices.  Established 1994.  New outreach project called Homereach aims to make furniture accessible to all in Slough and surrounding areas who need it.  Catalogue of stock available 7 days before each local event.  Runs Applied Community Resource Centre (ACIT). Needs volunteers with an interest in IT - training available.  (Updated May 2004)  

SLUG Community Furniture Project 
Tel 0208 6899490  Email furnproj@btclick.com 
13a Mayo Road, Selhurst, CROYDON, Surrey CRO 2QP 
Contact  Joe Jones

Collects domestic furniture including electrical goods in good working order.  Phone Tue-Thu 10am-4pm to arrange collection.  Items are passed on to people in need on a referral basis within Croydon and Sutton. 
(Updated Feb 2004)  

SOFA Cambridge - see Cambridge SOFA 

SOFA Peterborough
Tel 01733 562984  Website www.compasspeterboroughltd.com/SofaMainpage.asp 
19 Shakespeare Avenue, PETERBOROUGH, Cambs PE1 3JT

Free collection of unwanted household items to pass on to those in need at nominal cost.  Items needed include: beds and bedroom furniture, three piece suites, tables, chairs, electric and gas cookers, washing machines, fridges and freezers, wardrobes and drawers.  Cannot clean grimy furnishings or re-upholster.  Functional and safety checks on all electrical appliances and simple furniture repairs.  Only people referred by local welfare agencies are helped - proof (referral forms) can be obtained from various agencies listed on the website.  Most involved are volunteers, helping run collections, the office and workshops.  Open to public, and donations collected, 9.00am-12.30pm.  Deliveries 1.00pm-3.00pm.  Belongs to Compass (Peterborough) partnership,  also including CompassIT (Restore IT) (see Computers, section 87); Restore (see Scrapstores, section 140); Community Shops for household necessities and clothing (see above and Electrical and electronic scrap, section 44); Credit Union banking; Step One employment, training and benefits advice; and Partnership House 'one stop shop' advice on welfare benefits, debt, employment and guidance training for Welland residents.  (Updated Feb 2004)

Spencer Contact
Tel 01604 791177  Fax 01604 791411

Jabez House, Yelvertoft Road, NORTHAMPTON NN2 7TQ
Email  spencercontact@hotmail.com
Website  www.spencercontact.com
Contact  Paul Adams

Christian re-use charity accepting donations of unwanted furniture and household effects for those in need, to relieve poverty.  Any items that cannot be used for this are put in regular sales, and profits go to running costs.  (Updated May 2004)

Stevenage Furniture Recycling  
Tel 01438 362900  Fax 01438 314420 
Email info@stevenagefrs.org.uk  Website www.stevenagefrs.org.uk
2-4 Willows Link, Marymead, STEVENAGE, Herts SG2 8AR  (Office /warehouse site)
Contact  Sherma Batson, Director or Catherine Campbell, Manager

Charity redistributing unwanted, good quality furniture and household goods to Stevenage residents on benefit, at affordable prices including delivery.  Now also sells items to general public at secondhand prices to support the project - delivery charge.  Collects or receives by prior arrangement.  Minimum two weeks to arrange a viewing/collection.  Seeking lounge, dining, kitchen and bedroom furniture; small electrical goods such as irons and kettles; and large electrical items such as electric cookers, washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers.  Beds, sofas, and upholstered chairs must have appropriate safety label.  Managed by small team plus volunteers, supported by Stevenage Borough Council.  Through Hertfordshire NHS Partnership Trust, and supported by European Social Fund, trainees re-upholster chairs for re-use.  Marymead office / warehouse open Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10.30-2.30 for general household goods.  Separate site at 5 The Hyde, Community Partnership, Stevenage Herts SG2 9SD open Mon, Wed & Fri 10.30-2.30 for electrical items & dining/kitchen tables & chairs.  Anyone needing furniture can provide proof of benefit and two forms of ID, or be referred by an official referring agent, eg social services, council.   (Updated Feb 2005)

Tendring Furniture Scheme
Tel 01255 476068  
Email  tendring.furniturescheme@virgin.net 
Rocket House, 43 Stephenson Road, Gorse Lane Industrial Estate, CLACTON-ON-SEA, Essex CO15 4XA
Contact  Ian Archibald

Free collection of all furniture items - only within the Tendring peninsula - from domestic or business premises (donations welcome).  Big demand for beds and chests of drawers - often a waiting list for these.  Items must comply with fire safety regulations and conform to Trading Standards.  Unable to accept electrical items.  Looks for a small donation from those to whom  furniture is distributed, who must be in receipt of a recognised benefit.  Operates Mon-Fri 9-5pm from Clacton warehouse; clients welcome to visit to view items.  Collections and delivery by prior appointment.  Works closely with social services and other agencies dealing with people in need, and provides work experience and training to volunteers via New Deal.  Hopes to develop a restoration project to increase stock.  Funded by Community Fund and Tendring Council.  (Updated June 2004)

Thames Valley Hospice Furniture Mart
Tel 01753 573335  Fax 01753 573335 (call beforehand)  Warehouse 01753 866303
Unit 4, Tinkers Lane, Dedworth, Windsor, Berks SL4 4LE   Email shops@tvh.org.uk 
Contact  Ros White or Mary Ann Johnson

Collects free all types of furniture in resale condition.  Soft furnishings (settees etc) must be labelled flame retardant.  No gas appliances, but all white goods such as washing machines and smaller electrical goods including toasters, irons, kettles.  Delivery (within 15 mile radius of hospice in Hatch Lane, Windsor) free for goods over 100, or 5 if less.  Five charity shops as well as furniture mart.  Volunteers include people on community service.  Leaflets about the furniture mart and about volunteering.  (Updated 7 June 2004)

Warden Domestics Ltd
Tel 01582 582601  Fax 01582 723212
Unit 8, York Street, High Town, LUTON LU2 0HA

Repairs of domestic appliances including all known makes of washing machines, tumble driers, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers.  Also refurbishes appliances and sells them more cheaply than new models - fridges from 40, fridge freezers from 65, washing machines from 80.   Full range of spares (genuine or alternative) for DIY - staff happy to help with fitting advice.  22 years experience.  No call out charge.  Callouts and full report on exactly what's wrong and how much repair will cost.  Also rents out nearly new washing machines, washer driers and tumble driers with guarantee to repair or replace within 3 working days.  Student discounts.  (Updated Apr 2005)

Welwyn Hatfield CVS
Tel 01707 274861  Fax 01707 2
Email info@whcvs.org.uk  Website www.whcvs.org.uk 
Bill Salmon Centre, 88 Town Centre, HATFIELD, Herts AL10 0JW

Furniture scheme aiming to supply safe, clean, affordable furniture and household items to individuals and families on means tested benefits.  All furniture inspected and tested first.  Open Mon, Tue, Thu 10.10am-4pm; Wed & Fri 10am-1pm.  Also runs community car scheme, 01707 273875, transport at 35p per mile for those who, due to age, disability or illness, cannot use public transport or taxis.  (Updated Feb 2005)

West Kent YMCA

Tel 01892 615 612
Website www.westkentymca.org.uk  Email warehouse@westkentymca.org.uk 
14-18 Goods Station Road, Royal Victoria Place, Tunbridge Wells, KENT  TN1 2BL

Operates furniture warehouse which serves the community by selling secondhand and antique furniture for reuse, donated by local people and by local bedroom and furniture companies.  Useful for landlords, those buying to let, or students.  Next door is the Horizon Project which restores, or sells new hand-made, furniture.  Horizon project provides vocational training in joinery and furniture restoration - so far for 60 young people from socially excluded backgrounds.  Donations of saleable quality furniture welcome, such as pianos, cupboards, sofas, beds, bunk beds, and desks - upholstery needs fire safety label.  5 charge for collection.  (Updated Nov 2005)

The Wight Green Centre
Tel 01983 532121  Fax 01983 520230
Email wightgreencentre@btconnect.com  Website under construction
117 Lower St James St, Newport, ISLE OF WIGHT PO30 5HE

Signposting organisation for local environmental and recycling projects, offering information and advice.  Runs The Woodshed community project in partnership with the Prison Service: inmates from the local prison learn new skills by making all sorts of products - like toy boxes, benches and shelves - from "waste" wood.  Products are sold to raise cash for the project.  Some wood will be given free to other hard-pressed local groups and charities.  For more info contact Lois Prior on 01983 532889.  Also runs Ecobiz project (funded by European Social Fund), offering free environmental consultation for businesses and other organisations.  Centre open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat.  (Updated May 2004)

Woolwich Green-Works 
Tel 0208 319 7171  or  Ricky Barber, sales 0208 319 7176   Fax 0208 319 7172  
Email  woolwich.warehouse@green-works.co.uk  
Website www.green-works.co.uk/regionaloutlets/woolwichlondonSE28/module_index.php?id=6  
145 Nathan Way, Woolwich, LONDON SE28 0BE  
Contact  Robin Willing, Operations Manager  

Furniture and office equipment recycling, collecting from Central London, the South and South East.  Delivery to any site in UK.  Open Mon to Fri 8am-430pm, Sat 8am-12pm.  This was Green-Works' original warehouse, in partnership with Remploy, UK's largest employer of disabled people.  Due to its success it moved to the current 16,000 sq ft warehouse.  For main text and Green-Works head office see under Green-Works above(Updated May 2005)