Re-use your waste

Re-use is a bit like recycling but even better! It means that products can get a new lease of life and last much longer, simply by changing hands or by changing the way a product is used. This avoids the need for new or recycled products, that would use more energy to make as well as more natural and man-made resources.

You can re-use by donating, selling or buying reusable things. Some common examples are Freegle, Freecycle, charity shops, second hand shops, car boot sales, free ads, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay etc.

There are lots of selling and ‘gifting’ pages or groups on social media including a huge market in second hand clothes on site such as Vinted, and De Pop. Why not see what’s on offer in your local area or further afield?

Re-use at Recycling Centres

Benjamin Foundation charity logo

You can donate at all of Suffolk’s recycling centres in the orange re-use containers on site to support local charities.

They accept a range of items for re-use: TVs, monitors, PCs, Sky boxes, DVD players, consoles, laptops, audio equipment , power tools, bikes, Dyson's, Henry’s, mowers, strimmers, small furniture, books and toys as well as other good quality items.

Currently, you must book an appointment to visit any Suffolk Recycling Centre, including dropping items off for re-use.

All re-use items from sites are sold through the two Re-use Shops at Bury St Edmunds and Foxhall Recycling Centres. The shops raise funds for the The Benjamin Foundation, who work with young people and families in need of support across Suffolk. You can visit the shops to donate or buy without an appointment, but you will not be able to enter the recycling centre.

Foxhall Re-use Shop

Current COVID-19 arrangements at the Re-use shops

  • Numbers of people allowed within the shop will be limited
  • 2 metre social distancing must be maintained
  • You must wear a face mask before going into the re-use shop
  • A one-way system will be in place
  • Hand sanitising facilities will be available
  • Payment by card is encouraged

Re-use shops opening hours (Recycling Centre opening times differ)

Please note the shops are open every day, including Wednesday, when the Recycling Centres are shut.

Day of the week Opening Times
Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Christmas Eve Check the Benjamin Foundation website links (below) for updates
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day


Re-use shops contacts

Support your local charity shop

Charity shops generate more than £300 million a year towards good causes and harness the skills of over 218,000 volunteers nationwide. The shops promote charity causes as well as being environmentally friendly and stock a whole range or f items from white goods to vintage clothes.  

Not only does your local charity shop help the environment by encouraging re-use of items rather than disposal, they also sell locally sourced goods which reduces transportation and encourages local economic growth. Local charity shops are at the heart of the community.

You can search for your local charity shop on sites such as the Charity Retail Association,  (please be aware that not all shops are listed).  

Alternatively search for your local charity shops here using Google Maps.

Links to just a few of the charity shops we have in Suffolk are listed below:

Sue Ryder charity logo - link to Sue Ryder website

Gatehouse charity logo - link to Gatehouse website

Emmaus charity Ipswich logo - link to Emmaus website

St Nicholas Hospice Care logo - Link to St Nicholas charity shop page

St Elizabeth hospice charity logo - Link to St Elizabeth Hospice webpage

British Heart Foundation logo - Link to British Heart Foundation website


Ipswich Furniture Project logo - link to Ipswich Furniture Project website