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I can't give it away on - what can I do with it?

This list has been compiled with members' help. It is a list of household items which you may be unable to give away using Freecycle (R) but don't want to end up in landfill. If you can add to it please contact the moderators.

Items like batteries should be disposed of safely; printer cartridges and water filters can be refilled and reused; other items can often be given away to be reused at home and abroad. In many cases charities will also benefit for every item recycled.

For further information see Winchester City Council's recycling webpages.

For items not collected by the council advice is available here.

A list like this inevitably becomes out of date. If you find that anything is incorrect or has been omitted then please let us know.

We have found local destinations for the following items: • Aluminium Foil • Batteries • Brita Water Filters • Clothes, Blankets, Bedding • Computer Equipment • Electrical Waste • Food • Furniture (including White Goods) • Hand Tools • Lamps • Mobile Phones • Paint • Plastic Bags • Plastic Milk Bottle Tops • Printer Cartridges • Shoes • Shredded Paper • Spectacles • Stamps • Tetra Pak (Those juice cartons) • Tights

ALUMINIUM FOIL The Winchester Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bar End has a bin for aluminium foil which includes foil food containers. Back to top

BATTERIES The Winchester Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bar End has battery bins which take ordinary household, mobile phone and car batteries. Sainsburys, Tesco, Homebase, B&Q and Debenhams collect ordinary household batteries. B&Q take portable power tool batteries too. Click here and enter your postcode for a comprehensive list. Eastleigh Borough Council has doorstep collection of household batteries in some areas. Back to top

BRITA WATER FILTERS All components of the Brita cartridge are recyclable. Cartridges returned to Brita will be returned to their own recycling plant in Germany where the component parts are separated and processed for secondary use. They can be deposited in a number of recycling bins around town. Tesco, Robert Dyas and Argos are supposed to take them. To check, put your postcode into their Recycling Locator. You can return used Brita cartridges via Freepost (address: BRITA RECYCLING FREEPOST NAT17876 Bicester OX26 4BR). For further details, please call BRITACare on 0844 742 4800. Please note that you have to send them in batches of 6. Back to top

CLOTHES, BLANKETS, BEDDING, TOWELS Clothing banks can be found at many bottle recycling areas and the tip. Most charity shops take old clothes, reselling the better items. In most cases even rags can be sold on by these charities to raise small amounts of money.

Charities only really want wearable clothes so as a rule: 1. If it is saleable, a charity shop 2. If it is wearable but not saleable, Oxfam will take them because they export clothing ethically i.e: are careful not to undermine local markets 3. If it is ripped or otherwise damaged, but clean, a textile bank because it can be reused 4. If it is paint-stained or dirty it is not suitable for reuse so general waste

The Salvation Army take blankets etc. These can be put in their recycling bins which can be found near many of their meeting places. Eastleigh Salvation Army has a bin to the left of the centre. There is also a meeting place in Parchment Street in Winchester but we don't know if it takes donations. Winchester Nightshelter (Jewry Street, behind the Discovery Centre/library) welcome single duvet covers, pillow cases, sheets and sleeping bags. They use them at the centre or for guests who are moving on into hostels, or for contacts that are sleeping out. They also welcome sample bottles of shower gels, shampoo, toothpaste etc. that you get on flights. Against Breast Cancer take unwanted bras which are sold to a recycling company BCR Global Textiles. BCR donate £1000 for every tonne collected and the money goes to cancer detection research. The web page has a list of locations of bra banks, information on how to set up your own bra bank and an address where you can send old bras for recycling. Purrfectly Pets (the pet shop in Stoney Lane, Weeke) takes old socks and towels for the Monkey Sanctuary. These donations help them to save funds and they use the socks to make toys for the monkeys. Back to top

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT Jamie's Computer Club in Southampton, will collect equipment from households and organisations all over Hampshire. It is then refurbished by homeless and vulnerably-housed people, providing learning and training opportunities. Donate a PC is a free 'matchmaking' service for individuals and organisations to donate hardware (computers, printers etc) to UK charities, not-for-profit organisations and educational establishments (hardware only - no software please). Computers for Charity will collect computer equipment, refurbish it and send it to schools and local communities in Africa. Computer Aid International will arrange collection of your computer for a fee and it will be refurbished and shipped to developing countries. Back to top

ELECTRICAL WASTE The Winchester Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bar End takes electrical and electronic items, fluorescent tubes and CFL lightbulbs, disposable domestic batteries and car batteries. charge to take various waste including electrical waste, batteries, computers and fluorescent bulbs but this service is for business users only. Back to top

FOOD Winchester Basics Bank will take cereals, tinned food, packaged food, drinks, household cleaners and personal hygiene items. Baby products are also accepted. The Winchester depot is located at City Church, Century House, 30-31 Jewry Street 01962 855774 FareShare works with food businesses to save food from being wasted by redistributing to help disadvantaged people in 34 cities and towns across the UK. Back to top

FURNITURE (INCLUDING WHITE GOODS) Emmaus accepts donations of good quality, second-hand furniture and household goods for resale in its shops. The income generated supports the Community and, at times, others in greater need. The British Heart Foundation accepts furniture, electrical items and white goods for resale in its Furniture & Electrical shop at 26 Southampton Road Eastleigh SO50 9FJ. Contact them online for free collection of large items or tel. 02380 082230/0844 8489630. All fabric furniture must have fire safety label, electrical items and white works must be in working order. The Furniture Re-Use Network is a national body that supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. They do this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. Back to top

HAND TOOLS Tools for Self Reliance refurbish hand tools (carpentry, metal working, singer sewing machines, cobblery, blacksmithing and building tools) then send them to villagers in different countries in Africa. Back to top

LAMPS Recolight offer a free lamp recycling service to businesses and organisations throughout the whole of the South of England. There is a link on their website that you can use to find collection points for household low energy bulb disposal. Back to top

MOBILE PHONES Many charities and organisations take mobile phones by distributing envelopes for you to send them away in. Please see their respective websites for details. Maternal & Childhood Advocacy International recycle mobile phones and use the money generated to improve child and maternal healthcare worldwide. Fonebank recycle mobile phones for individuals or for charities. They are currently partnered with the following charities: Oxfam, WaterAid, Plan UK and the National Trust. Fonebank Schools turns mobile phones donations into cash for your school or PTA. Tesco gives you green points or donates money to British Red Cross. Sainsburys donate money to Comic Relief for every phone reused. Back to top

PAINT Paint can be taken to the HWRC at Bar End but disposal is restricted as follows: Paint should be deposited in a suitable, sealed container. A maximum of five litres per person per month can be deposited. Where available at HWRCs, paint will be made available to community repaint schemes for reuse rather than disposal. Back to top

PLASTIC BAGS This refers to the plastic shopping bags that are given out by the shops and also the bags inside cereal packets. They can usually be deposited in recycling boxes at the larger out of town supermarkets. Back to top

PLASTIC MILK BOTTLE TOPS These are collected by some charities for fund raising. A new collection scheme supports Friends of Lanterns in Winchester. Send an email to for more information. If you live within the Winchester area and have filled at least a carrier bag full, contact this email address to arrange a collection. Leaf and Bean in Stockbridge Road, Fulflood, collect for Winchester Goal Ball, a charity which helps with rehabilitation of blinded soldiers. Back to top

PRINTER CARTRIDGES A lot of charities and other organisations recycle printer cartridges as they get money for them – please see their websites for details. This generally applies to inkjet cartridges only. Many of them are partnered with the Recycling Factory; click here for the details of the charities involved. You can also call the Recycling Factory on 0800 091 0696. You can usually print a label (sometimes freepost) from their website and send the cartridges in a Jiffy bag. The web site now redirects to but they now only do corporate recycling. Please be aware of this if you bookmarked Tesco gives you green points or donates money to British Red Cross. Sainsburys donate money from recycling inkjet cartridges to Comic Relief. The Post Office counter in Wickham collect them. Warren & Son accept them on behalf of Marwell Zoo. Brother Inkjet Printer Cartridges can be sent to them for recycling. Click here for details. Back to top

SHOES Shoe banks can be found at many bottle recycling areas and at the Winchester Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bar End. Back to top

SHREDDED PAPER There are currently no facilities to recycle shredded paper as far as we know. Suggestions for reuse are for composting, pet beds, cat litter (when using with animals be careful as some inks are toxic), packaging (far eco-friendlier than bubble wrap although not as much fun!). Back to top

SPECTACLES Your old glasses can be left at many opticians throughout the country and they will be recycled via Vision Aid Overseas to raise money for their work in the developing world. You can donate them at many branches of Vision Express, Specsavers and Boots Opticians as well as many independent opticians. Click here to find your nearest spectacle collection point or to request a recycling pack to post them directly to Vision Aid Overseas. Back to top

STAMPS Please leave a small area of envelope around the stamps. The following organizations will take used stamps: - Cedar Veterinary Group (Alresford and Four Marks) - The Samaritans Winchester Branch - Oxfam shops - Guide Dogs for The Blind - Naomi House or their charity shop in St George St, Winchester - Latimer News Romsey for Leprosy Research - Wickham Scouts collect for Naomi House - Cats Protection - The Leprosy Mission, c/o 26 Drift Road, Clanfield, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 0JL Back to top

TETRA PAK CARTONS These can be recycled by Tetra Pak but there are currently no collection points in Winchester, Eastleigh, Southampton or East Hants. There are recycling facilities in Basingstoke - and the Test Valley (Chandlers Ford, Romsey, North Baddesley and Andover) - Please note: it was previously possible to print labels from a web address and send Tetrapaks for recycling to a company called Perrys Recycling in Bridgwater, Somerset. They no longer do this so if you have kept their details and/or have any labels left over, please don't use them. Back to top

TIGHTS You can recycle old tights in textile banks all over the area. There is a group called Recycled Crafts that uses them for art projects. For more info, visit or email If you search for tights recycling in a web browser, there are also plenty of ideas on what to do with old tights. In the past Tightsplease collected them and sent them to a women's hospital in Ethiopia for holding dressings in place after operations but it has gone out of business. Back to top

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