What to do with your waste

Reuse

Before throwing something away, why not check if someone else in the community can make use of it.

Community Use

Local community groups such as  pre-school, youth club or other community groups can often make use of the items you no longer need.

Charity Shops

You can donate unwanted items to charity shops. They accept:

  • clothing
  • shoes
  • bags and accessories
  • books
  • children’s toys
  • DVDs
  • CDs and vinyl
  • paintings
  • bric a brac

Some also accept unwanted furniture.

You can contact individual charity shops for more information.

Textile Banks

We have several textile banks across the district.

You can find out more about where they are and what you can take to them.

Online Groups

Online platforms are a great way to support your local community and save you having to throw items away. The types of items you can give and receive online include:

  • furniture
  • clothing
  • children’s toys
  • soil and rubble
  • pre-loved garden ornaments

You can pass almost anything on.

Freegle

It’s easy and free to join Freegle. You can  join your local Freegle group today:

Or you can check other groups like Freecycle or Preloved or Facebook.

Swishing

This is an ethical, eco-fabulous, social and fun way to swap an item or items of clothing, shoes, and accessories with friends and acquaintances.

Parties must willingly give an item to participate in the transaction, then they are free to choose something of interest from what others have offered.

Obviously this is not an option at the present time owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, but it’s something to bear in mind in the future.

Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525