The network of community groups committed to the care of the environment, greener living and development of the local economy in Berkshire

Recycling and More from Less

Anything and Everything
A - Z of Recycling - Sign up to your local group at Freegl:
Windsor & Maidenhead:
Wokingham is still at Freecycle:

Help the RSPB by donating your old binoculars to support their overseas projects.
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Blankets and Linen and Clothing
Wildlife rescue and animal hospitals always need clean sheets, towels, blankets and bed linen for their patients. Also old newspapers and cleaning equipment. They can often make use of other items as well including baby foods and unwanted presents or knick knacks suitable for sale or raffles. Check out Wildlife Rescue or contact a local vet who may be able to help. Donations also welcome at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Priest Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2JN Tel: 01784 432929.
Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance recycle unwanted clothing.

Computers & printers
Computers for Charities is a non-profit making project launched in June 2000 by Computer Shopper Magazine as a means of using modern e-commerce business to benefit UK charities. This web-based initiative works with the co-operation of its sponsors who have agreed to donate computer and IT equipment on trust for various UK charities.
Digital Links International is a registered charity providing a comprehensive IT disposal service for UK companies, including collection and guaranteed data erasure. PCs are used to provide improved educational opportunities for young people in developing countries. Address: 3rd Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London, SE1 9BG. Tel: 0207 785 6261. Email:
Computer Salvage Specialists, Unit 5, Arnhem Road, Bone Lane Industrial Estate, Newbury RG14 5RU Tel 01635 552666 provide a recycling service to industry for all types of electronic waste, eg printer circuit boards, solder reclaim, special waste etc.

In Kind Direct
In Kind Direct redistributes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers to UK charities working at home and abroad, helping charities save money and do more for their beneficiaries. Charities, voluntary groups, and non-profit organisations can all register to join the network for free. Once registered goods are made available via an online catalogue. Organisations in the network pay a handling charge to order goods, which works out at approximately 10-20% of the retail value of the goods, and includes delivery. Goods must not be sold but can be used to run services or be given out to beneficiaries for free. Products available vary frequently but generally include: cleaning products, toiletries, stationary, nursery items, clothing, bedding, shoes, DIY items, toys and IT equipment.
In Kind Direct was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996 and is one of The Prince's Charities, since foundation £140 million in value of goods from over 880 companies has been re-distributed. Almost 6,000 voluntary and community organisations have received products via In Kind Direct, helping millions of people in need.
For further details visit  tel: 020 7398 5510 or e-mail

Age Concern's Furniture Warehouse in Slough has a wide selection of new and used goods for sale at great prices including furniture, electrical goods, toys, mobility equipment, office furniture and bicycles. Free collection and local delivery. Furniture Warehouse, Unit 1, Banbury Avenue, Slough Trading Estate SL1 4LH Tel: 01753 575737 to arrange collection.  
New store now open at 93 High Street, Maidenhead for classic contemporary furnishings and homeware.  Tel: 01628 298176

Slough Furniture Project will collect your unwanted furniture and household goods and make them available to people on benefit at affordable prices. Donated furniture which conforms to the 1988 fire regulations, bedding, baby equipment, electrical items, carpets and white goods other than gas cookers are all welcome. Address: 69-71 Wentworth Avenue, Britwell. If you have something to donate please telephone 01753 692535 or e-mail

Thames Valley Hospice Furniture Mart will collect furniture and household appliances in the Maidenhead and Slough area. They have a shop at 22 Church Street, Herschel Industrial Estate, Slough open Monday - Saturday, 9.30 am - 5 pm. Tel: 01753 866303 to arrange collection.

British Heart Foundation will collect furniture and electrical items for sale at 303 High Street, Slough SL1 1BD. Book a collection on 0844 499 4169 or online at

Community Furniture Project operates in the Newbury area -

Christian Community Action at 369-371 Oxford Road, Reading accepts furniture and unwanted jewellery, including broken earrings, necklaces and chains. Contact: 0118 951 2337 or see

Mobile Phones
You can donate phones via to benefit a charity.
Oxfam recycles old phones, tablets etc or sends to developing countries. 

Office Furniture
A second-hand office furniture marketplace aimed at SMEs is the place to look first for good quality, reasonably priced office furniture. Check out the dozens of bargains on chairs, desks, workstations and other items on offer today! Equally, larger companies no longer have to dump their old office furniture or sell at a loss to dealers - they can now sell quickly through this nationwide second-hand marketplace or else offer it to charity without the hassle.

Established in 1960, Stevensons Office Furniture has over 40 years' experience in the office furniture sector with a focus on providing quality used products to businesses and the general public. We have a large group of satisfied customers in and around London. The showrooms supply a comprehensive range of office furniture, featuring branded names and high-end furniture acquired from major blue chip companies.
Check the website for the fantastic availability of office furniture.
Contact: Bill Stevenson , E-mail, Phone: 0208 9693850 are one of the largest companies in the country handling recycled office furniture.  Contact:   Phone: 07914322694

Community Repaint takes donations and provides free paint to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations. To find out more including the nearest centre go to Community Repaint

Polythene Wrappers
Polyprint Mailing Films will accept printed and unprinted polythene wrappers and bags for recycling from which all labels, sellotape, sticky residue and foreign objects have been removed. It takes approximately 200,000 polythene wrappers to make one tonne of recyclable waste which is turned into black plastic bin liners and fertiliser sacks.
For further details of this scheme click below or contact Polyprint Mailing Films, Mackintosh Road, Rackheath Industrial Estate, Rackheath, Norwich NR13 6LJ Tel: 01603 721807 or Fax: 01603 721813.
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Textiles Banks
Recycling textile banks are the latest fund-raising initiative from the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance (TVACAA) with the first of the bright red clothing receptacles appearing in the Reading area.
TVACAA's recycling partner is Yorkshire based Bag It Up Ltd, a textile recycling company which has raised over £1.2 Million for a number of UK charities since 2005 by recycling and selling on a wide variety of clothes from strategically placed textile banks.
The first banks have been placed at Waitrose Supermarkets in Reading and Wokingham, Tilehurst Railway Station, Homebase Reading, Thameside Promenade in Caversham, Hexham Road in Whitley, Orts Road Reading and the George & Dragon & Victoria public House in Reading. New bank locations can be found by checking the postcode locator at
Recycling sites are needed to place TVACAA clothing banks, where the public can recycle clothes, shoes and household textiles, helping to raise the crucial funds needed to keep the aircraft and crew saving lives, whilst diverting waste from landfill.
Contact: Rachael Hunter, TVACAA: 0300 999 0135  -
For more information about the scheme please visit

The charity Tools for Self Reliance collect, renovate and distribute unneeded tools via partner organisations to projects in Africa working under the ethos that practical assistance will enable poor people in developing countries to help themselves.
TFSR try to meet specific requests on the basis that the villagers know best what they need. Hand tools for a variety of trades are sought after including those for Woodworking, Building & Plumbing, Shoemaking, Car & Bicycle repair and Sewing. Hand or tredle round bobbin old Singer sewing machines are required or any make of modern electric machine.
Contact the TFSR representative in Berkshire if you have something you think would be useful: John Phillippo Reading and Wokingham. Tel: 0118 969 6148  Visit their website at

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