A new guide is making it easier for people in York and North Yorkshire to find someone who can make use of their unwanted household items.
The online directory, entitled Pass It On, covers items such as furniture, electrical goods, toys, clothing, books, mobile phones and printer cartridges. It covers all areas of York and North Yorkshire and includes details of charity shops and furniture reuse organisations, what they will accept and whether they will collect items.
Sofas, chairs and beds with current fire labels attached are often in demand. Bedding, such as duvet and pillows, is not accepted, but animal rescue centres often need this.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Andrew Lee, executive member for waste management, said: “Passing on your unwanted goods supports local community organisations that are helping people and the environment. Our new directory will put you in touch with organisations near you that can make good use of the items you no longer need.
“You can also reuse items yourself on a regular basis to save money and help the environment.”
Tips for individual reuse include:
- investing in a reusable water bottle or mug for hot drinks on the go;
- keeping a reusable shopping bag in the car or asking for your home delivered shopping without bags;
- considering a milk delivery service - fresh milk delivered to your doorstep saves on plastic bottles and extra trips to the shops;
- considering rechargeable batteries and charging points;
- home composting the contents of your vacuum and, if it uses a bag, investing in a reusable bag that can be emptied; and
- if you have a baby, washable nappies can save between £100 and £1,000 as well as reducing the content of your bin.
The Pass It On charity shop and furniture reuse directory can be downloaded here. It will also be available at events attended by the North Yorkshire Rotters volunteers and at the County Council’s household waste recycling centres from the end of May.