Charity shops sell second-hand goods which would otherwise be thrown away. Anything that can't be sold is recycled if possible.

Why not sell or donate unwanted items to a charity shop?

Clothes, furnishings, crockery, CDs and DVDs are just some of the items accepted by the hundreds of charity shops across London.

Also keep an eye out for charity door-to-door clothes and textiles collections. They usually post a plastic sack through your letterbox and provide you with a collection date.

All items you donate should be clean and in good condition.

The Association of Charity Shops is a great place to learn more about charity shops and find your nearest charity shop.

Interesting Facts

In the UK we use 30 billion plastic carrier bags every year.

Most of these end up in landfill where they take hundreds of years to decompose.