Moving House Recycling in London
By Sean Ford | February 17, 2014
Nearly everyone who moves house has a clear out before they move. In fact, it’s one of our top recommendations for movers – take some time to clear out the clutter so that you are only moving the things you actually need to your new home. But what can you do with the things you no longer need?
The easiest way is to simply chuck them in the bin, but there is a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible way and that is to recycle them. And these days, recycling doesn’t necessarily mean simply putting it in a recycling bin – lets take a look at some options for what you can do with your unwanted or un-needed things.
The first thing you could think about is selling them. This is, in itself, a form of recycling, as the item is being reused but the great thing about this option is you can make a few pounds out of it too. There are lots of different ways to sell things from sites such as eBay or Gumtree, to a car boot sale or even an advert in your local shop.
This is a great option for larger items such as furniture or electronics.
Give them to charity
Nearly every local high street has at least one or two charity shops and usually these will take all manner of items that you no longer want including clothes, books, CDs, DVDs and general knick-knacks. Some may also take furniture and/or electrical items, but there are some safety-related rules and regulations around these two categories so it’s best to speak to them first before taking any larger items along.
Recently there has been a growth in shops that pay you for bags of second-hand clothing. The price you get is not very high, but it is a quick and easy way to get rid of lots of clothes or linen. You can also find clothing recycling bins dotted around your local area, which will take good quality clothes for charity.
Most local councils now have recycling ‘centres’ that contain individual skips for a wide variety of materials such as glass, plastic, wood, soil and old electrical items. This is probably the best place for your belongings that have reached the end of their useful life. They also often contain charity bins for things like books, CDs, shoes and other specifics. You’ll be surprised at how much of the broken things that you think are useless can go on to be transformed into something ‘new’ via a recycling centre.
If you want more information about recycling services available in your area, and details of various charity schemes that take larger items such as furniture and computers, then have a look at www.recycleforlondon.com. It’s a great website that gives lots of links to various recycling initiatives right across London. Alternatively, your local council website should also give details of specific recycling services they operate in your area.