Getting rid of unwanted items

The quickest and most environmentally friendly way to get rid of your unwanted items is to donate to charity or use an organisation that will take the items.


These organisations provide valued support to households and communities. By donating your unwanted items:

  • they will be appreciated by someone else

  • you are raising funds for local charities who provide training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities to people in Leeds

  • you are protecting the environment by saving energy, raw materials and preventing items from going to landfill

  • you are helping those in need to buy good quality items at affordable prices


Donating to charity

Please only donate items that could be reused. These organisations can only accept items needing minor repairs or a light clean. Items such as sofas, chairs and beds must carry fire safety labels. All electrical items should be free from rust, be reasonably clean, have intact seals and ideally be in full working order.

Most of the following organisations will collect re-usable items from your home for free.

Emmaus Leeds

Emmaus accept furniture, white goods and small electrical items (TVs, microwaves, lamps, etc.) in working order, bicycles, bric-a-brac, books, clothes and bedding.            

Leeds and Moortown Furniture Store

Leeds and Moortown Furniture store accept sofas, beds, bedroom storage, tables, chairs and other living room furniture. In addition, they will take bedding, curtains, towels, pans and mirrors. They do not collect electrical appliances or white goods.

Martin House

Martin House accept most furniture and homeware (except beds). They also accept electrical and white goods in good working condition.

Revive Leeds

Based at our Seacroft and Kirkstall household waste recycling centres, Revive Leeds accepts furniture, small working electricals, clothes, bedding, books, dvds, videos and much more. Donations can be made directly to the stores, there is no collection service.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven accept furniture, white goods and small electrical items (TVs, microwaves, lamps, etc.) in working order, bicycles, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and other household goods.

SLATE

SLATE accept furniture, white goods (no gas) and small electrical items (TVs, microwaves, lamps, etc.) in working order, homeware, bicycles and more. Items must be in a reusable condition. Clothing and bedding are not accepted.

St Gemma's Hospice

St Gemma's Hospice accept furniture and electricals (except large white goods) in working order.

St Luke's Cares

St Luke's Cares accept furniture, white goods, electricals, bric a brac, clothes, bedding and more. Collection is free for up to 9 items that can be sold in their shops. They also carry out house clearances.

St Vincent de Paul Society St Vincent de Paul Society accept furniture, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac, bicycles and small electrical items (TVs, microwaves, lamps, etc.) in working order.


Get rid of small items

All the above organisations will also accept your smaller unwanted items such as clothing, books and CDs. Alternatively, you can take them to your local charity shop or place them in the charity bags that you may receive. You can also take small items to the Revive Leeds reuse shops at the Seacroft and Kirkstall household waste recycling centres. Recycle your old bike

You can drop off unwanted and broken bikes at our recycling centres. Donated bikes are collected by The Bikes College who fix them and sell them on. You can also contact these organisations directly to donate a bike or buy a second hand bike.

The Bikes College The Bikes College at Copley Hill (LS12 1HY) offers bike repairs, free collections for donated bikes, low cost refurbished bikes, spares and accessories and training on bike maintenance. They accept bicycles, parts and accessories in any condition.

Leeds Bike Mill Community bike recycling and training co-op. They accept full bicycles, components and tools.


Clothing

For tips on where to recycle, reuse, repair or upcycle clothing and textiles across Leeds, visit the Zero Waste Fashion website. You can also find your nearest textile banks, charity shops, repair shops, sewing classes and clothes exchanges using their interactive map. Other organisations to use

Seagulls (paint) A community group that accepts old paint and varnish for reuse and sells very low cost paint. Donations can be made to their Kirkstall Road shop directly, or at any of our household waste recycling centres.

Freecycle A network of members that can make use of almost anything.

Leeds Freegle A group that matches items with people looking for them.

Household waste recycling centres If you have access to a suitable vehicle, you can drop off items in the reuse containers at any of our household waste recycling centres.         

If you are unable to donate your items because they are not in a suitable condition, then please try to recycle these where possible. The household waste recycling centres have containers for broken electrical items, metal, wood, glass and more and these materials can be recycled and made into new products.         


From 5 February 2018 charges apply for disposing of some types of rubbish at our household waste recycling centres including rubble, hardcore, soil, ceramics, plasterboard and tyres. Please see the waste disposal charges for a full list of items, charges and how to pay.         

Garden waste If you are requiring a garden waste collection and do not have access to a brown bin, please visit garden waste. This page contains guidance on booking a collection and the terms and conditions of collections.

Using a private waste removal business

Whether you own or rent your property, it is your responsibility to make sure your waste is not being illegally dumped. This is known as Duty of Care.


The Duty of Care means that if your waste is found fly tipped and traced back to you, you could be issued with a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) or even prosecuted through the courts. If you pay a 'man with a van', scrap dealer or hire a skip to dispose of your waste you will need to check they are a licensed waste carrier.

If you do pay someone to take away your waste, always:

  • ask to see their waste carrier licence, or check online using the Environment Agency’s Website

  • pay by card or bank transfer and get a receipt or waste transfer note

  • note the registration number of the vehicle that collects your waste

  • ask where they are taking the waste to dispose of it

A genuine waste carrier will not mind you asking these questions and will always provide you with a proper receipt. If in doubt, do not allow anyone to take your waste.

Using our unwanted items collection service automatically fulfils your Duty of Care.

Book a collection

If you are unable to get rid of your items in the above ways, we offer a limited service to remove items from homes. This service costs £20 per booking. See book a collection for more information on this service.

If a collection is not made on your appointment date then please leave the items outside for a further 48 hours. Please ensure that your items are left in the exact location given during your booking, and that you have followed the rules for collection.​​​​​​​​​​​ 

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