Do you have unwanted items that are too good to throw away?

We’ve set up 18 donate containers at recycling centres across Greater Manchester. Your donations will be cleaned and repaired and will help stock our Renew shops. When you visit a Recycling Centre look out for the container with the following signs:

Step 1: Donate at a Recycling Centre

Step 2: Repaired & Renewed at the Hub

Step 3: Resold through our Renew Shops

Step 4: Money raised goes to Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and R4GM Community Fund.

Items that can be donated:

Home & Furniture

  • Garden furniture
  • Tables, dining room furniture, sideboards
  • Sofas, chairs
  • Bed frames
  • Wardrobes, chest of draws, bed side tables
  • TV stands, TV units

*Any upholstered furniture must have the fire label attached

Toys & Games

  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • Children’s toys
  • Books

*Any children’s toys must have the CE or UKCA mark

DIY & Gardening

  • Handheld tools (not electrical)
  • Ladders, step ladders (weighting label)
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Handheld gardening tools (not electrical)

Collectables & vintage

  • Suitcases, baskets, trunks (wooden or metal)
  • Musical instruments
  • Hand crank sewing machines
  • Crates, wooden boxes dolls, games
  • Old signage
  • Taxidermy

Bikes & Sports equipment

  • Scooters, bikes,
  • Darts boards,
  • Golf clubs, golf bags
  • Tennis rackets, snooker cues
  • Exercise equipment (not electrical)


  • Mirrors, picture frames
  • Vases, ornaments
  • Tea sets, plates, dinner services
  • CD’s, LP’s, DVD’s
  • Garden ornaments
  • Dog creates, cat baskets

*Any glass items must have the kite mark

Electrical Items

  • Washing machines & dryers
  • Fridges & freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Electric cookers
  • Microwaves
  • Televisions (with remotes)
  • Other electrical items in good condition (e.g. hair straighteners, kettles, toasters)

*Items should be in good visual condition

Items that can’t be donated:

• Petrol / diesel / gas powered items
• Clothes, shoes & other textiles
• Toys containing chemical substances
• Mattresses
• Crash helmets
• Car seats
Cots / highchairs / prams
• NHS equipment

Many of these items can still be recycled at the recycling centre, please look out for the container and recycling banks or ask an operative for advice.


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