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  • Thornbury Lions. Various shops in St. Mary’s centre. Paperback books, Andrew Mayes 417148
  • Charity Shops e.g. Oxfam in Thornbury
  • Book Aid - Christian Books - Christine Dadd 414396
  • Christian Aid - Good condition non-fiction hardbacks for collection. 08700-787788


  • E-Mail: Address : The CREATE Centre Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN Tel 01173534580. (9-5 Mon- Fri).
    Life Cycle takes donations of unwanted bikes, and fixes them with the help of prisoners at HMP Bristol. We then sell them to help more people across Bristol to start cycling.

computersComputers and media

Recycling guide recommends
If you decide to donate your PC to charity, be sure to check that: Appropriate security measures are in place to prevent unauthorised access, alteration or accidental loss or destruction of personal data, which is a legal requirement under the 1998 Data Protection Act. Reformatting the hard drive is not sufficient to permanently destroy all data. (Wording Copyright of Fubra Lmited/ and used with permission)

  • Thornbury Lions Saturday stall
  • Most Charity Shops
Ink cartridges (not Epson)
  • Christian Aid. Collect freepost envelope from office at 57 High Street
  • St. Peter’s Hospice shop
  • Town Hall
Ink and toner cartridges, mobile phones and PDAs
  • ActionAid Recycling founded by Charity Action Aid (which began 1972 as a child sponsorship charity for children in India and Kenya) is now an independent registered company with a new name, Greensource Solutions, raising money for Action Aid
    Unit 14 Kingsland Trading Estate St.
    Philips Road, St. Philips, Bristol BS2 0JZ
    0117 3042390 F: 0117 2391
    Greensource Solutions also produce the PrintEco toner cartridge range
Cartridge refills
Mobile phones
  • Christian Aid. Collect freepost envelope from office at 57 High
  • Street Oxfam shop
  • St. Peter’s Hospice shop
  • Some charity shops e.g. BREAK – ask in shop
Video tapes
  • Some Charity shops take commercially produced videos e.g. BREAK and Multiple Sclerosis – please ask
  • The Recycling people - Ross-on-Wye You pay minimum £15 08448003235 This is Business orientated.

shoesClothes and Shoes

  • Oxfam shop – will be sewn onto card and sold
Clothes, shoes and handbags
  • All Charity Shops in Thornbury
  • Julian Trust – Night Shelter helping homeless people in Bristol – clothes and shoes suitable for young men and women, towels, some specific bedding, also tins of food and toiletries. Items differ weekly so please check the website. 0117 966 6067 They also pass items to Salvation Army.
    (If just a car load Christine Dadd 414396 Thornbury will transport)
Clothing banks for clothes and shoes tied in pairs
  • Black Horse pub
  • Leisure Centre Car park
  • Oakleaze Road shops
  • Rock Street car park
  • Wyevale Garden Centre Millbury Heath
Wedding party type clothes
  • La Mode Exchange High Street– will sell and then give you some of Sale price
  • Dry cleaners on the Plain, Thornbury (See also clothes and shoes above)
  • The Chantry
  • All Opticians in Thornbury – to send abroad
Swishing parties
  • Swap your best clothes and have a good evening
Foreign Currency
  • Christian Aid Office at 57 High Street

furnitureHousehold, Furniture and Electrical

China, glassware, kitchenware, ornaments, etc
  • All Charity Shops in Thornbury
  • St. Peter’s Hospice shop – Small electrical in working order
  • BREAK charity shop
  • Give-n-Take website 
  • Emmaus Bristol
    Shaftesbury House, Kingsland Rd
    St. Phillips, Bristol BS2 2QW
    Malcolm Thorne
    0117 9540886
    Upholstered furniture with Fire Safety label and Furnishing regs 1988) bric-a brac, china and glassware, electrical items (items are tested before re-sale) clean clothing, books, CDs, etc. Some shops take white goods (fridges, freezers etc) in working order, Bicycles and some scrap metal. Please check with shop and to arrange collection
    Emmaus provides low cost furniture for people in need and raises funds towards building an Emmaus Community. The Community will offer a homeless person a home and work refurbishing donated furniture and household goods to be sold in the Community shop. By donating to Emmaus you are helping homeless men and women to get back on their feet.
  • Kingswood Furniture Project
    Kingsgate House, Church Road
    Kingswood Bristol BS15 4AU
    Call in or phone 0117 9616226 Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm
    Kingswood Furniture Project collect donated furniture in the South Gloucestershire area and sell it on to those on a low income including pensioners, homeless people being rehoused and others in need.
  • The Sofa Project
    48-54 West Street, St Philips
    Bristol BS2 0BL
    Julian Williams
    0117 954 3567
    The SOFA Project is a social enterprise helping people with new and reused furniture and electrical appliances. Based in Bristol, SOFA collects unwanted items free of charge from across the West and sells them at affordable prices to everyone with further discounts available to low income households. Items include furniture, household items, gas cookers, electrical appliances, white goods and computers (they repair and safety check).
  • Space Trust
    St Nicholas House, Lawfords Gate
    Bristol BS5 0RE
    Heather Ford
    0117 9075355
    Tables, chairs, living room suites, book cases, chest of drawers, beds, crockery, linen and other furniture in good condition which complies with fire safety standards. Space Trust collects unwanted furniture in order to provide it to former homeless people who need to furnish accommodation.
Waste Electrical items, Kitchen appliances including fridges, batteries
Water filters
  • Wildings department store, 14 High St, Thornbury.

potsGarden items

Flower pots
Garden waste
  • Thornbury Compost site situated at Thornbury Leisure Centre car park (Tree branches & other Green waste suitable for composting. No stones please) 
  • Household green bin collections in South Gloucestershire
  • Sort It Centre
Wooden pallets
  • Pallets are available to collect from Thornbury Garden Shop, if you have a use for them
Jars (jam & honey) and bottles (apple juice) to be reused
  • Farmers Market (1st and 3rd Thursday) - return to stall holders for reuse

jarsMaterials for Recycling

(See also Thornbury Sort It Centre list)

Glass bottles & jars
  • Banks at Castle Court and Rock Street car park
  • Household recycling ('green bin') collection
  • Sort It Centre
Metal items
  • Paper Banks at Castle Court and Rock Street car parks
  • Household recycling ('green bin') collection
  • Sort It Centre
Plastic bags
  • Tesco
  • St. Peter's Hospice and BREAK - please ask
Toothpaste tubes
  • Sainsbury’s, The quays, Gloucester
Window and greenhouse glass
  • Try local glaziers, art projects/stained glass workshops or secondary schools, which can sometimes use old glass.
  • Make a cold frame
  • Bristol Wood Recycling Project
    13 CattleMarket Rd, St Phillips
    Bristol BS1 6QW
    Ben Moss
    0117 9723219
    Bristol Wood Recycling Project aims to rescue, re-use and recycle some of the tonnes of wood going to landfill locally. They create volunteer, training and employment opportunities for Bristol’s social economy through doing this; as well as providing affordable timber to the local community. They charge to collect – suitable for businesses.
Thornbury Sort It Centre Thornbury Sort it Centre (in the Industrial Estate) is run by South Gloucestershire Council and is for domestic waste from South Gloucestershire residents. It is open 8am to 6:30pm every day until 30 September, then 8am to 4:30pm. They take the following items:-
  • Asbestos - Maximum 12 sheets per project, double wrapped in sealed plastic
  • Batteries, i.e. household dry-cell disposable and rechargeable
  • Books
  • Cardboard
  • Car batteries
  • CDs
  • Cooking oil
  • DVDs
  • Electrical equipment large (cookers and washing machines refrigerators and freezers)
  • Electrical equipment small (ie kettles, irons, toasters)
  • Fire Extinguishers - Household sizes only
  • Food and drinks cans
  • General waste (not for recycling)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Green garden waste
  • Hardcore (rubble) and soil
  • Light bulbs (low energy and filament) and tubes
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastics, rigid, e.g. garden chairs
  • Printer cartridges
  • Scrap metal
  • Tetra pacs
  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • Textiles and shoes (tied together in pairs)
  • Used engine oil - 1 Gallon (5 litres) per visit
  • Vehicle tyres - Maximum 4 per household per year
  • VHS video tapes
  • Wood (including MDF and chipboard)
For more information ring the South Gloucestershire Street Care help line on 01454-868000

toolsTools and other equipment

Hand tools – Carpentry and some farm tools
School equipment & sewing machines
  • Gafsip – the local fire service in collaboration with fire service in Gambia are equipping schools and also use old sewing machines etc but they are having trouble financing a container. See 01454 772529
    They are looking for such as blackboards (aka chalkboards), chalk, school books (in English), pencils, exercise books and other stationery items. Ask at your local schools for equipment they are otherwise going to get rid of.


  • United Reformed Church
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Oxfam


  • Charity shops, School fetes, charity toy sales