A selection of old items of furniture

What to do with furniture?

03 Apr 21

Furniture is tricky on the way out. It’s built to last, so what happens when you simply don’t need it anymore but it's still usable? And when it really does give up the ghost, it’s massive - so where should it go? 

Well, if you’ve got an item of furniture that is still in good condition it could be donated so it can be used by someone else.

There is a whole sector of organisations in Scotland that specialises in collecting and selling on second-hand furniture, and many of them do this to raise cash for good causes.

So, by passing stuff on, there’s a triple win - you enable someone else to get great stuff for less cash, often support a good cause and also help the planet by keeping stuff in use for longer. Find a local organisation that might collect by using our Reuse Tool

Furniture that can’t be reused by someone else can often be recycled, especially if it’s made from wood and metal. Take it along to your nearest recycling centre. 

Household recycling collection

Furniture is not accepted in kerbside recycling. Your local council may be able to provide you with a collection service - contact them for more details.

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Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Most furniture can be recycled at your local recycling centre. Use the recycling locator to find your nearest centre. 

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Other recycling collections

Some items of furniture can be donated to a charity shop, a furniture re-use organisation or local community project. Find a local one with our Reuse Tool.

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What can you do?

  1. Keep the fire safety labels on your upholstered furniture - otherwise charities and reuse organisations are unable to sell them on.

  2. It’s always worth checking what type of furniture can be donated. Different charities and reuse organisations often collect slightly different items.

  3. Bored of your old furniture? Try upcycling to give it a new lease of life.

  4. Sell or give away your unwanted furniture if it’s still in good condition.

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.