Your local recycling centre will take a lot of items for recycling and charity shops are great for general items in good condition but for those tricky items here are a list of other places to try. Remember though, it’s always better to repair or reuse your own goods than to recycle it if possible.
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- Christy Bird (Wide range of antique furniture located in Portobello, Dublin 2)
- Mosa Studios – (Eclectic range of antique furniture located in Merchants Quay, Dublin 8)
- Table Lighting Chair – (Midcentury antiques located in Rialto, Dublin 8)
- Kirkmodern – (Midcentury antiques located in Blackrock, Co Dublin)
- Retrorumage – (Midcentury antiques located in Dundrum, Dublin 14)
- Seven Wood – (Midcentury antiques located in Portobello, Dublin 8)
- Vintage Limelight – (Midcentury antiques located in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16)
- Beyond Retro (Midcentury antiques located in Templeogue, Dublin 6W)
- Original Compulsive Design (Midcentury antiques located in Kilkenny)
- Vintage Hub (Midcentury antiques located in Lusk, Co Dublin)
- Rummage (Second-hand furniture and homeware in Roscommon)
- Herman & Wilkinson (Auction house located in Rathmines, Dublin 6)
- RJ Keighery (Auction house located in Waterford city, Waterford)
- Auction Warehouse (Runs online auctions weekly, based in Sandyford in Dublin 18)
- Macs Warehouse, (Salvage yard in Islandbridge, Dublin 8)
- Architectural Salvage (Salvage yard located in Naas Road, Dublin 22)
- Rugs to Rhinos / Irish Liquidators (Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6)
- Rediscovery Centre (Social enterprise in Ballymun, Dublin 9)
- Oxfam Home (Charity located on Francis St, Dublin 8)
- NCBI Home (Charity located in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6)
- NCBI Home (Charity located on Francis St, Dublin 8)
- St Vincent de Paul (Charity located in Navan, Co Meath)
- Age Action (Charity Shop on Camden St, Dublin 2)
- Age Action (Charity Shop in Cherry Orchard / Ballyfermot Dublin 22)
- BusyBees Furniture (community scheme located in North Strand, Dublin 1)
- Rediscovery Centre Furniture (community scheme located in Ballymun, Dublin 11)
- Revamp 3R (community scheme located in Longford)
- Back 2 New (community scheme located in Limerick)
- Dunhallow Revamping (community scheme in Newmarket, Co Cork)
- Revamped (located in Drogheda, Co Louth)
- Revived and Retro (located in Terryglass, Co Tipperary)
- The Big Up (located in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin)
- Altered and Eclectic in Scarrif, Munster
- Galway Artisan Workshop in Galway city
- Eco Mattress Recycling Dublin 11
- Boomerang Recycling Ballyvolane, Cork
- Bounce Back Recycling, Galway
- Wicklow Mattress Disposal
- Recycle IT, Dublin 22
- WEEE Ireland, Nationwide
- You can sell mobile phones and tech on musicmagpie.co.uk
- Amazon now has a refurbished electronics section
Gardening Equipment / Plant Pots
- Local community gardens
- Local horticultural college
- If workable put it on adverts.ie or freetradeireland.com
- ReCycle in Dublin 18 sells second hand bikes.
- Rebike in Dungarvan, Co Waterford renovate unwanted bikes and donate them to those who may not have access to one.
- If not some councils facilitate the return of bicycles through recycling facilities
- Some shops that sell second-hand bikes might be interested in taking them
Duvets & Bedlinen & Bath Towels
- Animal Shelters such as Dogs Trust. (phone before delivering just to check they still take them)
- Some Equine Charities take towels for horses
- Liberties Recycling in Dublin 2 take worn out clothes and convert them into rags for use in industry.
- Worn-out swimsuits can be posted to Davy J Swimwear in the UK
- Worn out tights (pantyhose) can be sent to Swedish Stockings who will reply with a voucher off their products.
- Some charity shops will accept worn out clothing to sell to ‘rag’ companies
- Liberty Recycling in Dublin 2 sends worn out leather shoes to Africa so that the leather can be used to make crafts.
Rucksacks / Travel Bags
- English bag maker Millican will repair any unwanted rucksacks and travel bags and rehome to charities that can use them. Email email@example.com for more information
- Some charity shops sell lightly-worn bras
- The Cancer Society’s Clothes bins
- Smalls for All (By Post to UK based charity)
- Recycle for Breast Cancer (By Post to UK based charity)
Toiletries & Medical
- Women’s Refuges, although phone ahead to check first.
- The Alice Leahy Trust
- The Homeless Period takes period related toiletries like tampons, pads etc.
- The Hygiene bank takes new, un-used and in-date toiletries. They’re a UK chairty but with collection points in Ireland too. Caroline Hirons is another option for those based in Wales
- Toiletry Amnesty in the UK has a useful online directory of organisations that will take old toiletries, mostly UK based for now.
- You can recycle used contact lens through Terracycle but unfortunately the only drop off points in Ireland currently are in Boots stores in Belfast.
- L’Occitane take some beauty and hair product packaging, even for other brands, in their stores for recycling.
- You can now recycle your old inhalers in some local pharmacies
Books & Stationary
- Opening Minds book stores and Book Haven take second-hand school books in good condition
- Charlie Byrne book shop in Galway will give store credit in return for pre-loved books in good condition.
- Readers Paradise Bookshop in Wexford takes second hand books, including school and college books, too.
- Marrowbone Bookshop in Dublin 8 will take second hand books in good nick.
- The Bookshop in Thurles takes second hand books in good condition to resell.
- Books in good condition can be sold through Amazon
- You can swap books on bookmooch.com and in the Facebook group Book Swap Ireland
- You can sell books on musicmagpie.co.uk, webuybooks.co.uk, Ziffit.com
- Keithscactusbooks in the UK might be interested in quality gardening books.
- Your local library may take them, particularly if they’re specialist in nature.
- See if a local pub or café or hostel has a book exchange shelf
- If you sign up for Terracycle points you can earn cash for a charity or community organisation by collecting and dropping of used Ella Kitchen Food Pouches at the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin, or alternatively they can be dropped into the Dublin Food Co-op in Dublin 8
- You can post used Brita Filters to Brita’s Irish distributors
- If you sign up for Terracycle points you can earn cash for a charity or community organisation by collecting and posting non-savory biscuit wrappers
- Kontanicals will take back your used essential oil bottles and give you a 12% discount on their fabulous organic essential oils.
- Old Dolls can be donated to Billy’s Dolls of Comfort for use with Alzheimer patients in care homes
- You can sell music, games, mobile phones and tech on musicmagpie.co.uk or Ziffit.com
- Stamps can be donated to charities who sell them on to stamp collectors. Participating charities include Barnardos, ISPCC, NCBI, Irish Peatland Conservation Council. If you’re based in the UK there is a list of charities that take stamps on the website Used Stamps for Charities
- Old coins and bank notes and foreign money can be donated to the Irish Peatland Conservation Council
- Old glasses can be donated through some branches of Specsavers or local opticians but they only recycle the materials and donate the money raised to charity, they don’t reuse the glasses. A better option is your local Lions clubs who collect them and send them for reuse in disadvantaged countries through their spectacle recycling scheme.
- Vibrating Sextoys!!!!! Post to Rabbit Amnesty in Bath, UK
- Burst inflatable toys, paddling pools, armbands etc can be sent to Wyatt & Jack, upcycled bag makers in the UK.
- If you bought your kids wetsuit at the Great Outdoors you can bring it back to them and get up to 50% off a new one. Your donated one will be sold on to someone else at a discount. You can also buy second hand ones in store too.
- You can donate pre-loved communion outfits and accessories to the pop-up communion shop Special Occasions in Dublin 5. They give outfits to people in the community for free to help ease the financial burden of the day.
- Tools for Solidarity in Northern Ireland send refurbished sewing machines, knitting machines and leather machines for use by disadvantaged communities in Africa.
- Fingal County Council collect instruments presented for disposal to clean, mend and re-distribute them to organisations such as Centres for Autism, Addiction and Rehabilitation.
You can also try rehoming stuff on websites like
- Done Deal
- Jumbletown (free items only)
- Freetrade (free items only)
- We Share (free items only)
- Various Facebook Groups
I also find the What to do with …. page on the Mywaste.ie page very useful
Finally, if you have a specialist item of value but you haven’t been able to rehome consider dropping it into an appropriate shop. I inherited an open-box of pen refills for a quality brand pen that I didn’t own, so I dropped them into the Pen Corner in Dublin 2, who stock that brand. They get free stock, I get empty space in my house – win win!