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Donate your unwanted furniture to someone who needs it

Published 6th December 2021

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Sandwell Council and its waste partner Serco are asking residents to consider donating household furniture and electricals items when clearing out their homes.   

Sandwell Council and Serco are supporting Community Transport Furniture, an arm of the National Community Transport charity, which raises funds to provide door to door transport for the most vulnerable in our communities.  
  
The charity sells furniture, electricals and other household items that are still in a useable and working condition to help pay for their transportation charity work.  
  
Councillor Ahmad Bostan Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Reusing household items has now become top of the environmental agenda in recent years and we have been working with Community Transport Furniture for more than a decade now to make donating unwanted furniture easier for our residents.   
  
“We are asking residents who are potentially looking at updating their furniture or electrical items during Christmas sales to consider donating any unwanted items which are still in good order, rather than throw them away. 
  
“Your furniture donations to Community Transport will not only help those looking to purchase affordable furniture but it will also raise money for the charity to support local people in our community as well as help the  environment by giving your items a second life.”  
  
“If you’re changing your sofa, upgrading your TV, or changing the bedroom furniture, ask yourself if it still reusable and consider donating.”  
 
Councillor Maria Crompton, deputy leader for Sandwell Council, said: “This is a fantastic scheme run by Community Transport Furniture and allows residents to give unwanted furniture a new lease of life. 
 
“I encourage anyone who is the position to donate to do so and contribute to a wonderful environmentally-friendly scheme.”
  
Nick Tomlinson from Community Transport Furniture, said: “We must thank all the residents of Sandwell who have previously donated to us. Without these donations we wouldn’t be able to continue to deliver the work we do in providing a caring specialist transport service to improve people’s quality of life.”  
  
“We would like to thank Sandwell Council and Serco for hosting our van at their Household Recycling Centre so residents can easily drop off items. We also offer a free collection service from homes or drop-off facility at our shop in West Bromwich.”  
  
Community Transport Furniture accepts a range of items including sofas, tables and chairs, beds and bedroom furniture, plus washing machines/dryers, cookers and small electricals - all in working order. The donated furniture is sold by the charity in their local West Bromwich store.  
  
Donate items by:  

  • Arranging a free collection by Community Transport Furniture from your home online via email to donations@communitytransport.org or by phone on 0121 520 8168  
  • Dropping off unwanted items to the Community Transport Furniture store in Kings Square, West Bromwich, B70 7NW   
  • Dropping off unwanted items to the Community Transport Furniture van located at the Sandwell Council Household Recycling Centre (Tip) in Oldbury   

Donations welcomed include:  

  • Sofas and suites  
  • Tables and chairs  
  • Beds and bedroom furniture  
  • Washing machines/dryers, cookers and small electricals  
  • Other household items  
  • Desks, office chairs and furniture such as, bookcases, shelving, filing cabinets  


Donated items will need to comply with legal requirements, which includes any upholstered furniture having fire safety labels attached Fire Safety Labels and are in a reasonable, reusable condition.  
  
If your items are broken or aren’t in a reusable condition, take them to the tip in Oldbury for free or book a bulky waste collection.   
 
 

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