Reuse of Resources

This comprehensive list of contacts and links was initiated by Adam Paul.
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Furniture and Appliance Reuse



ReStore Community Projectsis a registered charity based in Tottenham, LB Haringey which recycles and reuses domestic furniture and appliances for the benefit of people in need. Their key objectives are:

  • To provide good quality low cost furniture and appliances
  • To provide training and employment opportunities, in particular those who are or have been
  • homeless or those with other social needs
  • To help the environment through the reuse and recycling of furniture & appliances

The charity runs a special collection service of reusable bulky furniture and items from households in the Bowes Park and Bounds Green area including:

  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Electric cookers (if disconnected)
  • 3 piece suites
  • Settees
  • Sofa beds
  • Wardrobes
  • Chest of drawers
  • Beds (base and mattress)
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Bookcases and Wall Units

To arrange a collection, Haringey residents should contact the Council directly on 020 8885 7700 and Enfieldresidents should call 020 8379 1000.

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Low cost reusable furniture and appliances is provided to those who are unemployed, claiming benefits or tax credits, pensioners and students. Contact ReStore Community Projects on 020 8493 0900 or, or visit their showroom Monday to Friday 9am until 4pm at Unit 18, Ashley Road, Tottenham Hale N17 9LJ

Alternatively, a new furniture reuse project has recently opened in Barnet selling second hand and vintage furniture donated by residents of North London. For more information, contact the Barnet Furniture Centre on 020 8361 6802 or The centre is open Monday to Friday, from 9am until 5pm and the address is Queens Parade Close, Friern Barnet, London (just off Colney Hatch Lane).


Computer and IT Equipment Reuse
Computer Aid Internationalis the world’s largest non-profit supplier of computers to developing countries. The service is free if you deliver your computer to them. They operate a warehouse near New Southgate station just across the North Circular Road from Bounds Green. Working computers will be reused. Non-working computers are accepted but there is a charge for recycling them.

All computers received will be datawiped as standard.
For more information, contact Computer Aid International direct on 020 8361 5540 Email: Web:

Paint Reuse
The Forest Recycling Project is a not-for-profit community business which delivers waste prevention and reuse initiatives in North and East London, including the Community RePaint East London scheme. Reusable domestic paint can be donated to the Forest Recycling Project (FRP) by dropping it of at one of the Community RePaint containers at the Hornsey Vale reuse and recycling centre in LB Haringey. Paint must be suitable for reuse – i.e. in its original container, less than ten years old, not in solid form or contain hazardous materials. Paint is collected and quality checked by the project, before being redistributed to local residents, community groups and schools at low cost.

Reuse paint of all types and colours suitable for home decoration is available from £1 per litre from FRP’s reuse centre at 2c Bakers Avenue, Walthamstow E17 9AW. Further information can be found at

Wood Reuse and Recycling
Based at The Selby Centre in Tottenham, Wood Works Wonders is a social enterprise where carpenters and  unemployed people work together to provide a substantial solution for waste wood.

The organisation collects waste wood which is then reused or recycled into new products. With prices as low as £10 per cubic metre you could easily save up to 50% on your skip hire whilst reducing your landfill waste and improving your environmental performance. For further information, visit or call 020 3326 9186 or email

The Haringey Freecycle™ group is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself! Non-profit groups are also welcome to participate too!

One main rule: everything posted must be free. This group is part of The Freecycle Network, a non-profit organization and a movement of people interested in keeping good stuff out of landfills. Check out for other cities and info on the movement. Email for questions or improvement ideas.
Visit online
to sign up.

Enfield has its own seperate Freecycle groupoperating under the same rules - if you live close to the borough boundary its worth checking both sites.

Freegle: Similar to Freecycle means 'Free Giving Locally Easily' and has only one goal 'To Stop Good Stuff Going to Landfill and in doing that support our local communities. Contact the Enfield Group



Give or Take Events & Café Swap
Give or Take Events allow individuals to pass on items to others in the local community that they no longer need, and also obtain items for free including books, clothes, toys, kitchen items, small household furniture and garden tools.


The Bowes Park Community Association hold local Give or Take events throughout the year. Further details of dates and venue will be available on the BPCA website - We are always grateful for the help of committed volunteers to assist with running these events, please contact Adam on 07841 457243 or if you are interested in finding out more.
Smaller ‘Café Swap’ events take place at the BPCA community hub, OneTwoEight Myddleton Road on the last Saturday of each month. These events allow residents to swap smaller items such as books, plants, kitchen items and toys they no longer require with neighbours. Please remember to take any unswapped items home with you at the end though!

More details of Café Swap will be available at, or from OneTwoEight. Regular Give or Take events are also held across North London by the Forest Recycling Project - visit for details of the next event.


Recycling Collections in LB Haringey

All recycling is usually collected the same day as your rubbish. A new contractor Veolia
Environmental Services took over the waste and recycling collection contract from Haringey Enterprise in April 2011. The following information is therefore subject to change, for more information contact 020 8489 0000 or visit Haringey website.

Food Waste Collections (Food Waste Box)
All food waste – including meat and fish – can be placed in the green food waste box for collection. Bones, plastic bags and packaging should not be placed in the food waste box.

Kerbside Recycling Collections (Green Recycling Box)
All properties with a front garden or yard have a green recycling box for a weekly recycling collection service. Materials collected for recycling include:

  • Paper, cardboard (please flatten) and drinks cartons
  • Tins and cans (please rinse)
  • Glass bottles and jars (please rinse and remove lids)
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles (please rinse and remove lids)

All items should be clean and free from food. Items not collected in the green box include plastic wrapping or film, polystyrene or crisp packets, clothes and shoes.

Garden Waste Collections (Garden Waste Bag)
Leaves, grass, flowers, small branches and twigs can be placed in the garden waste bag for
collection. Soil, sand and rubble should not be placed in the garden waste bag.

Recycling Collections from Flats (Clear Sack and Estate Recycling Bins)
Properties without outside space can recycle the same materials collected as part of the green recycling box scheme, by placing the following items in the clear recycling sacks provided (where available) or in the estate recycling bins:

  • Paper, cardboard (please flatten) and drinks cartons
  • Tins and cans (please rinse)
  • Glass bottles and jars (please rinse and remove lids)
  • Plastic pots, tubs, trays and bottles (please rinse and remove lids)
  • All items should be clean and free from food. Items not collected in the green box include plastic wrapping or film, polystyrene or crisp packets, clothes and shoes.

Reuse and Recycling Centres in LB Haringey
There are two reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) for use by residents only for the disposal of
household waste in LB Haringey located in Hornsey and Tottenham.

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4pm
The Centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.

The following materials are accepted for reuse and recycling:

  • Fridges and freezers
  • Electrical items
  • Household batteries
  • Scrap metal
  • Garden waste
  • Wood and timber
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Cooking oil
  • Used engine oil
  • Car batteries
  • Textiles and shoes
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Cardboard
  • Drinks cartons
  • Paper
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food tins and drinks cans
  • Mobile phones
  • Printer cartridges
  • Telephone directories
  • Books
  • DVDs, CDs and tapes
  • Tools
  • Unwanted spectacles
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Energy-saving lightbulbs
  • Paint

All other items must be placed in the General Waste skip.

Reuse and Recycling Centre in LB Enfield

Enfield Residents can dispose of general household waste and waste for recycling at Barrowell Green Recycling Centre, Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 3AU.

It is generally open from 7:45 am until 4:15pm with a couple of later evenings during the summer - but it is closed on Mondays. Check Enfield Website for details.

Materials that can be recycled include

  • Empty aerosols (Household only)
  • Batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Books (For reuse through Oxfam)
  • Cans
  • Cardboard
  • CDs (For reuse through Oxfam)
  • Computer games  (For reuse through Oxfam))
  • Computer screens
  • Cooking oil
  • DVDs (For reuse through Oxfam)
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Fridges and freezers
  • General waste
  • Glass
  • Green waste
  • Hardcore
  • Household electrical goods
  • Lighting tubes
  • Oil
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Plasterboard
  • Records (For reuse through Oxfam)
  • Scrap metal
  • Textiles
  • Televisions
  • Videos (For reuse through Oxfam)
  • Wood

There are separate containers for different types of waste.



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Comment by Ruth Cherrington on April 28, 2011 at 19:28
This is very comprehensive, very useful indeed. No one needs to chuck out anything! Thanks Adam for your efforts putting this together

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