The Recycle This Recycling for Charity Directory

Welcome to the new Recycle This Recycling for Charity Directory.

Here we’ll pull together all the address and contact details of charities, groups and other organisations collecting random things to raise money, for reuse overseas or other recycling/reusing reasons.

These listings complement our current reuse and recycling suggestions so we link to those where appropriate.

How can I recycle … for charity?

toner and ink cartridgesvideo tapesaudio cassettesmobile phones

jewellerybicyclesold bookspill bottles


This resource is currently in development so not all the content is on here just yet – we’ll add to it over the next few weeks and also make it prettier & easier to use. In the meantime, you’ll probably be able to find the same info by searching/trawling through our archives.

44 Responses to “The Recycle This Recycling for Charity Directory”


  1. I’m always in favor of people and companies who choose to recycle goods for charity! It’s hard to believe how the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings so true in these situations. Thanks for the directory listings. Here’s a tip: If you have a large amount of scrap and is considering to get a private company to haul your junk away, make sure you call and ask them what they do with the materials that they collect! Believe it or not, most of them simply take your stuff and throw it away at the dumpsters without any thought whatsoever that the less fortunate could make good use of it.

  2. Debbie says:

    I have a kids club that I help sponser…we want to teach the kids on how they can make a difference..we have been given to garbage bags of med.bottles and pill bottles..any way we can help in colleting these for charity??
    ler me know asp….

    • Carol Schmitt says:

      I have been looking for an organization to donate used medicine bottles (like the kind you get at a pharmacy). What I found is that you can donate these to AMVET. They use them for medical charities and clinics in disadvantaged countries. The address is:
      ATTN: Diedre
      AMVET POST 208
      Ladies Auxiliary
      5 South Street
      Hudson, MA 01749

      I plan on sending my medicine bottles there (I have a lot). Hope this helps you.
      Carol

      Edited by Louisa: AMVET say they no longer accept the bottles

  3. Nancy says:

    My Mom is interested in starting a recycling project in her local adult community. She is interested in collecting empty perscriptions bottles. Can anyone provide any details on where these bottles can be donated and any restrictions. Your help is great appreciated.
    Thanks
    Nancy

    • Hi

      I would like to add Camara to the list of recycle for charity groups.

      Camara take in used computers, refrubish them and send them to schools in Africa.

      We will also be collecting mobile phone for cash.

      In Belfast we are in Unit 23 and 24 Townsend Enterprise Park, Townsend Street, Belfast, BT13 2ES

    • tanya weaver says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      Is your mom still recycling empty prescription bottles? If so, we’d be happy to receive them! We use thm for children with AIDS in Africa. Our website is http://www.AFCAids.org if you want to find out more about us, but bottles can be sent to:

      AFCA
      [address deleted]

      Thank you!

      Tanya

      [RECYCLE THIS edit: AFCA have told us they're no longer collecting bottles so I've deleted the address]

      • JOYCE BOLEN says:

        I HAVE A BOX FULL AND WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SEND THEN TO YA THANKS FOR DOING A WONDERFUL JOB

  4. EduHope (Educational Hope) says:

    I would like to add EduHope to the list of charities collecting books, we are collecting school books for African…..our aim is to make live not a living. Please help with informations on how to get books from school…do this a bless people of Afrcan with knowledge..bless.

  5. Jill Close says:

    Hi, I’m the project manager for the used printer cartridges, ink jets and mobile phones recycling scheme for St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph, Denbighshire, N.Wales. They are a small hospice that needs all the help it can get.

    Please add them to the list, and if anyone would like some of our prepaid envelopes to return ink jets or mobiles, please email me.

    Thanks

    Jill
    jill@jillclose.ws

  6. Alison McLaughlin says:

    Clann Sona is a charity who send clothes,food,medical supplies and furniture to romania. At the moment we are needing a new van and to raise the funds we are collecting mobile phones and empty inkjet cartlidges. All donations of phones and inkjet will then be sent to Recycle4charity who then send a cheque to the charity.

  7. Tracy says:

    hi, our local pre school has been given about 3years before it has to be shut if we do not receive funding to repair as the builing is starting to break away. in the mean time while trying to raise these funds we need to cut back on the spending. so anything from toys, books, games, paint, crafts, anything thing you can possible think of. please help as it is a great pre school one of the best in our town.

  8. Judith Vandepeer says:

    We have got aprox 100 English language (TEFL) books we would like to recycle. The are in reasonable order, but are old editions or a little dated. Any ideas? We are in Hastings, E Sussex

  9. Andi says:

    Hi,

    My company is winding down and is going to get rid of bits and pieces in the office.
    We have a lot of stationery items, including some stackable in-trays, a lot of ring binders/folders (about 30, mostly cardboard ones but a few are plastic) – used but nothing a sticker on the spine won’t hide, excess envelopes, a lot of manilla folders in a variety of colours (these have been written on but labels could cover them or as they are card, they could be used to make things), plastic wallets, pen holders, staplers, hole punches, bulldog clips, scissors. Some items are new or near new but some are obviously older with writing on them so if that doesn’t bother you at all.
    I’m sure there are other bits and pieces I will find when clearing it all out.

    We are based in central London and are happy for someone to collect it, or we could make arrangement for it all to be sent depending on location.

    We are looking at giving it all away to a charity that can either sell it on to make money for their charity or a charity that perhaps gives it to schools overseas, or even a school here that could make use of it.

    If you are a charity or a school that would like to take any of this off our hands, please email me on andi.wallace@carpathianam.com

    Many thanks,
    Andi

  10. Adigidzi Oscar Kotso says:

    Hi,

    I am currently scouting for books for my community secondary school in Nigeria. If anyone is willing to donate, please reach me on 07870285388 or my e-mail. Cheers

    • Suzanne Robinson says:

      Hi
      I belong to International Inner Wheel group which do a lot of charity work worldwide. My grandaughters primary school wishes to work with us in donating school uniforms, learning journals, books, pens, paper etc. They would like it to go to help set up a new school or add an extra classroom or something and they would like to be able to keep in touch with the school, can anyone make a suggestion please. email: suzannerobinson93@yahoo.com

  11. tanya weaver says:

    Please add the American Foundation for Children with AIDS as an organization who will gladly take empty plastic medicine bottles, as well as bed sheets. They can be used, but need to be clean, unstained and not ripped.

    Our address is:

    AFCA
    [address deleted]

    http://www.AFCAids.org

    Thank you!

    tanya

    [RECYCLE THIS edit: AFCA have told us they're no longer collecting bottles so I've deleted the address]

    • Anonymous says:

      Tanya, I have quite a few empty medicine bottles that I would like to send to you. I can be reached at JanetYJohnson@comcast.net if you no longer need them.

      I have also placed your site on my favorites and when I can, I will try to donate some money; just know that I am on a limited budget and cannot due much. Oh! I will also circulate your info to my friends.

      Sincerely,
      Mrs. Johnson-Smith

      • Sandra Anderson says:

        Tanya, is the AFCA still collecting pill/medicine bottles? I have several and have friends who would like to donate theirs as well.

    • tanya says:

      Sandra, we are no longer accepting bottles. Thank you so much for your offer, though.

      tanya

  12. Anonymous says:

    I am currently collecting stamps, mobile phones and printer cartridges for Yorkhill Childrens hospital. All items can be sent direct to me

    64 Horatius Street
    Motherwell
    Lanarkshire
    Scotland
    ML1 3RS

    • Sarah Bent says:

      I have got a lot of used stamps – are you still collecting them for Yorkhill Childrens Hospital?
      Thanks
      Sarah

      • Alison McLaughlin says:

        Yes I am still collecting for Yorkhill all donations of stamps mobiles or printer cartridges are appreciated

  13. My charity organisation (aosiireland.com) is looking for unwanted school/academic books and PCs (maths, language, business and sciences), any kind of books you can provide would be very helpful, for donation to (Ogun state) Nigerian schools and Community Libraries. “Every little helps”

    info@aosiireland.com

    • Sarah Toyne says:

      I have old Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education text books.
      Please let me know if you are interested. I might be able to get other subjects as well. Whole class sets.

      with thanks
      Sarah

  14. Donna says:

    I have large prescription bottles w/childproof caps, amber colored (no labels) which I have saved and sent to my friend in another state to donate to a Matthew 23 charity that sends them to Africa. My friend has recently passed away and I want to send these on but have no idea where to send them. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Donna

  15. Gertrude Belcher says:

    I have different sizes of pill bottles that I would like to use to raise money to help my husband as a cancer patient with his medical bill. To make this happen what advice would you give me in this effort. Thanks!

  16. churchmouse says:

    I belong to an service organisation in UK and we would like to launch a recycling appeal for buttons – old or new ! An appeal for all those old buttons lying around the home or on discarded clothing. We would hope to collect a considerable amount of buttons and donate them to a charity. Does any one know a charity who would have a market or outlet for buttons.
    Thanks

    • Andrea says:

      A friend has a mom who was an international fabric artist and has a plethora of buttons to get rid of since her mom has Alzheimer’s. Please send me your contact info. Thank you.
      Andrea

      • marlene downey says:

        Hi Andrea,
        We did collect buttons and we sent them to an Oxfam shop for recycling/selling on.We have finished with this project but am sure if you contact Oxfam they would be most grateful for your friends button collection.
        Regards

  17. Allen Harrison says:

    I have a very large amount (tonnes) of unused dog food bags.
    They are made of a plastic material and are lined with aluminium.
    They would be great used as a freezer bag, or for a craft workshop.
    Please email if you have an interest, free to a good home, many sizes.

  18. Marion Booker says:

    Does anyone know of a charity that will accept approx 50 pre-recorded videos?

  19. Hi – we collect a number of items which can be either reused or recycled including mobile phones, small printer cartridges (freepost envelopes availailable for both of these items) plus used stamps, old postcards (pre 1960′s), used books in good conditions, old unwanted jewellery (fine and fashion items). All items can be delivered to the BRACE Appeal office, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol BS16 1LE and the proceeds of sale are all used to finance research into Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Thank you

    • Carrie says:

      I have a lot of ring binders that we would like to donate at my place of work in Bristol. Would you like them or do you know anyone that would accept them?

  20. kathleen behrin says:

    hi i have got lot off video films some are kids and some films i need to get rids of them if you know where i can get them or someone can pick them up i will be greatful i dont drive thanks you.x

  21. bill dickson says:

    until I had a kidney transplant recently, I was on home dialysis. I now have 20 boxes of unopened and current boxes of Baxter physioneal 1.36 5 litre twin bag and a quantity of extraneal 2 litre fluids for use with Baxter Pro homechoice APD mc. All still sealed and unopened. Any charity that is collecting medical supplies for overseas is welcome to get in touch. Mid Derbyshire. email bluebear.2008@yahoo.co.uk

  22. Sharon says:

    I work for a group of private hospitals, the nursing staff are being issued with new uniforms. Is there a charity that needs nurses tunics.

    • tanya says:

      Sharon, we’ll use them! Please send to

      American Foundation for Children with AIDS
      6221 Blue Grass Avenue
      Harrisburg, PA 17112

      Thank you so much!

      tanya

    • Marlene Downey says:

      Hi Sharon,
      I have forwarded your offer on to my organisation Soroptimist International, which is a worldwife organisation for women…we have many clubs across UK and one of them might have a good home for your uniforms.

  23. Patty G. says:

    I have quiet a lot
    Of buttons that I am not going to use.Is there any where I can send them to be recycled.

  24. Cath says:

    I have a bag of assorted buttons that I would like to put to some use rather than just throw away, anyone any use for them. I’m in Ireland but will gladly post to UK.

  25. Jude Davies says:

    4 years ago our village sent a shipment of second hand items to a town in Swaziland – to the orphanage, the library and the hospital. The shipment included toys, kids & adult clothes, towels, sheets, books etc. I have been collecting half heartedly ever since, so have a lot of stuff in my garage, but am moving house so need to shift it.

    The experience of shipping at this end was fine, but dreadful once the container arrived in Africa. It was so hard to get the stuff to the right destination as the bureaucracy was very difficult to navigate. I was one of a team doing this and one of us had lived there for 2 years, so it wasn’t like we were going into it blind.

    Anyway, due to the experience we had 4 years ago and my current time pressures, I am looking for a charity who will do the shipping for me. Everything will be donated, and I don’t really mind where the items go BUT they need to go to people who need them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions please? Thanks,
    Jude
    judeswanslinkafrica@yahoo.co.uk

  26. Darla says:

    Looking for a mission that will accept used pill bottles. Please indicate stipulations, such as size, color. I will remove all labels. I have 2 family’s that would like to recycle them to a good cause. Please leave message and an address for shipping. Thanks.



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