Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


Reuse sits just behind Reduce in the waste hierarchy, meaning that it’s the second best option for dealing with your waste. Reuse can mean anything from reusing a carrier bag to donating your clothes or even an old sofa to the charity shop. This page aims to act as a resource for residents to find local and national businesses that will reuse what you don’t want or need.


Association of Charity Shops
This organisation is dedicated to supporting charities that run shops as part of their fundraising activities. You can find a directory of charity shops on their website.


Celia Hammond Animal Trust
Always need clean newspaper which they use for lining kennels and litter trays. Also donations of bedding are gratefully received: old towels, sheets, blankets and throws.


Computer recycling in Catford
CAd dot Services offer computer refurbishment and recycling with complete data eradication and data destruction certificates available on request.


Computer Aid
Computer Aid takes donations of used IT equipment from businesses, for re-use in schools and community organisations in the developing world.


Community Repaint
Community RePaint schemes collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. In doing so the Community RePaint network provides social, environmental and economic benefits


DAGE has two charity shops which collect old furniture which is refurbished and made available at affordable prices to pensioners and people of all ages.DAGE collects re-useable furniture across much of south-east London and also provides a low cost furniture removals service to people moving home.


Eco Computers
ECO Computer Systems is an innovative social enterprise created to benefit our planet and our children. They offer IT recycling and IT refurbishment facilities to householders, businesses of all sizes, local authorities, schools and not-for-profit organisations.


This is an online marketplace that lets you lend and borrow each other’s everyday objects, skills and spaces with confidence. You can lend for free, for a fee or for charity and they facilitate the transaction to make good returns for all.


Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away for free, instead of taking them to a local landfill site.


Emmaus has charity shops that accept unwanted furniture, household goods, books, CDs and china and will collect larger items for free.


Footprint Fuels
Collect used cooking oil and convert it into Biodiesel.


Greensource Solutions
Greensource Solutions collect ink and toner cartridges, mobile phones and PDAs for recycling to raise funds for the charity ActionAid.


Giveacar is a social enterprise that raises money for charity by accepting donations of old cars. Launched in January 2010, Giveacar was the first service of its kind in the UK and allows charities to tap into a brand new source of funds. At the same time it gives car owners a simple way to get rid of their unwanted cars and put them to good use, raising money for their favourite charities.


This is a free (to user) website that is essentially a Friends’ Reunited for rubbish, matchmaking those with nifty ideas for finding second uses for stuff with those who can’t bear to chuck stuff away if new ways can be suggested to save time, money… or the planet. This is not FreeCycle (though there is a version called JunkkYard on site), but actually finding ways to make stuff out of things destined for the refuse bin!


Lee Oasis
Voluntary group based in Lewisham that helps local homeless, low-income and disadvantaged people. It collects unwanted items of furniture and delivers them for free to people who need them.


Lewisham Freecycle
The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit organisation, with about 3 million members, interested in keeping all kinds of items out of landfills.


The Borrowers
Whatever you may have lying in and around the house, abandoned or unused, could earn you an additional income. Maybe you have a skill you can share or a service to offer?  From a neglected garden to office furniture, your driveway to your dinner suit, your musical talents to your sewing skills, the bike you never use to the pony you want to share – and all things in between.

10 thoughts on “Reuse

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  2. Lewisham Freegive Group connects people who are giving and getting unwanted items for free in London borough of Lewisham. It’s completely free to join. Visit Lewisham Freegive Group at

  3. To whom it may concern
    My name is matenin I was wondering if you want some old furniture that I would like to dispose of , so pls let me know if you are interested i live in Peckham and my number is 07575186583 thank you.

  4. I have a 4 year old hoover washing machine top loader and a camp hot burner email me if you are interested

  5. have a 2 seater and 1 seater cream coloured sofas looking for a new home – please let me know if interested and text 07951464498 – i will respond

  6. If you can, reveal a few “tricks of the trade” to help them make best use
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    as a business owner, you cannot rely solely on the opinion of others.

  7. For disposing of surplus items which still have some useful life, try Catford Freegle.

    It has been running just over a year, and has 3600 members.

    It is an on line group where you can give stuff away when you want to get rid of it. Or you can ask for what you need from someone who doesn’t want it any more.

    It’s free to join and to post a message with an OFFER of something you want to go, or a WANTED message for something you need.

    Here is the link

    We serve Catford, and also Lewisham and adjacent areas.

  8. I really like this post. I agree that the statement should be made in this post about furniture disposal london, Thanks !

  9. Greening Goldsmiths of Goldsmiths, University of London regularly has office furniture, office stationery, (office chairs, study desks, box folders, ring binders etc) to give away as well as more bespoke items. Check for updates on Greening Goldsmiths Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.

  10. Great post – but why add the Community Repaint scheme when Lewisham doesn’t participate?
    Come on Lewisham – get involved!

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