If you have some glasses you do not use anymore and are not one of your favourites then give them to Vision Aid Overseas. All you have to do is leave them at most UK optician branches and they will send them onto the developing world. For CD’s and DVD’s the best place to give them is The Royal National Institute for the Blind as they can raise £50 per 100 CD’s or DVD’s donated.
If you have broken watches, or damaged jewellery then Marie Curie Cancer Care will recycle them for cash. For electronic goods the ‘Rethink Recycling Appeal’ collects old mobile phones, DVDs, laptops, electric toothbrushes, printer cartridges, cameras, torches, power tools and other electric devices for reuse and recycling, and then allows you to donate the money they make to a charity of your choice.
If you have a load of old textbooks then READ International will collect them from across the UK and send them out to East Africa.
Batteries can be recycled anywhere that you see the ‘Be Positive’ sign, including M&S, Argos, Homebase, B&Q and Tesco.
Another company called ‘Stuff U Sell Ltd‘, will collect junk from anywhere in the UK, or you can send it to them or drop it off at their London warehouse. They will sell what they can on eBay for you, then give the rest to Oxfam or a recycling plant. You will get an inventory of how much they’ve sold your stuff for, and a cheque, minus their commission (between 10 and 30 per cent) and what they’ve given to charity. For more details head to Stuff You Sell.
For used ink cartridges head to Recycle4Charity. It is a free and easy to use ink recycling programme, that helps its thousands of members raise funds for charity and non-for-profit organisations. Since our launch in 2002, they have developed strong relationships globally with buyers of used ink cartridges, allowing us to compile and maintain one of the broadest and stable ink cartridge wanted lists in the market.
Water Aid Org will even recycle your car for you so don’t let your old car gather rust – recycle it instead! They work with two partners who can make your next steps simple. Just visit the Giveacar or Charity Car websites to find out how.
Wee Charity works with computers and electrical equipment. WeeeCharity is a NON for profit UK registered charity that helps to relieve poverty by offering a FREE complete recycling of computers and electrical equipment to businesses, residential and education facilities. Lots of help needed with this one at the moment. The equipment can be new, working or at the end of its life we can take it no matter what condition its in.