Reusing unwanted items
Before throwing something away, please try other options such as offering it to friends, neighbours, or people near you via a service like Freegle. You don't want it - but someone else might! Freegle is an online platform that helps people give and get items for free in their community. It's easy and free to join your local group in Maldon. Freecycle is also another good online platform to give & receive items. More information can be found on the Freecycle network.
Items such as furniture, bikes, unwanted presents and toys can be posted online and sometimes within an hour they have been collected from your property. Making it an easy and quick way to get rid of your items and meaning less waste in your bin and saving you a trip to the local recycling centres. You can find out more about local groups on the Love Essex website.
Alternatively, you might like to consider the options below:
Farleigh Hospice: Based in Chelmsford, the hospice offers a furniture collection service in the District. They also take donations of clothing, bric-a-brac and small electrical items. Tel 01376 331871 or visit Farleigh Hospice
Emmaus: An organisation helping the homeless. They will take large furniture and household goods and will collect furniture in parts of the District. Tel. 01206 768887 or visit Emmaus
Colchester Toy Library: They are happy to take donations of toys of any size. Join for free and enjoy these toys without having to buy them. Call 01206 500 211
Re-cycle: Donate old bikes in any condition to Re-Cycle in Colchester. They ship the bikes to Africa where they train local people to repair and maintain the bike to improve their lives. Call 0845 4580852 or visit www.re-cycle.org.
TWAM: Tools With A Mission (TWAM) collect tools as well as typewriters, sewing machines and other haberdashery items to send to development projects, training centres and schools in developing countries. For more information visit www.twam.co.uk.