Guide to recycling and donating

What can St Luke’s reuse or recycle?

We can reuse and recycle many things, whether it’s in our shops, or through recycling. The list below includes many of the items that we can reuse or recycle to raise vital funds for St Luke’s.

  • Clothing, paired shoes, underwear, handbags and belts.
  • Household furniture. We can accept most items but sofas, armchair’s, upholstered dining chairs, beds and mattresses can only be accepted if they still have the original fire safety regulation label attached, unless pre 1950’s. Otherwise it is illegal for us to sell them in our shops. They also need to be in a sellable condition (no rips, stains or tears).
  • Any make, model, age and condition of mobile phone.
  • Any CD’s, DVD’s, computer games, vinyl records.
  • Used postage stamps and postcards.
  • Curtains, towels, tea towels, bedding – even faded/torn bedding can be sent for recycling.
  • Kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters, mixers, blenders, liquidisers, food processors, coffee makers, juicers etc.
  • Small household electrical – lamps, hairdryers, hair straighteners, CD players, consoles, laptops, computers etc.
  • We also accept crockery, glassware, cutlery, ornaments, pictures, books, toys, puzzles and more.

The following items will only be accepted at our Distribution Centre  (delivery by prior arrangement)

  • White goods such as washing machines, dishwashers, tumble driers, fridges, freezers etc – MUST be in good working order and display relevant CE marks.
  • Cookers – Electric only (gas cannot be accepted). These items are purely recycled as we have no facilities to test them.
  • Rotary washing lines, gardening tools, garden equipment.
  • Any scrap metal, including burnt pots, pans, baking trays, stair gates, guards and cages.

What can’t St Luke’s reuse or recycle?

There are items that we cannot accept, which is mainly due to Health and Safety and Trading Standards legislations. Also items that are clearly unsellable and that can’t be locally recycled will cost the charity money to dispose of.

These items are:

  • Children’s car seats, prams and buggies
  • Gas cookers
  • Greetings cards
  • Cycle, riding or crash helmets
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Any safety equipment
  • Oil filled items – such as lamps or radiators
  • Prescription medication
  • Hazardous waste – paints, solvents, adhesives or cleaning agents
  • Toys without a CE mark
  • Soft furnishings without fire regulations
  • VHS / Video cassettes
  • Pianos / electric organs
  • Greenhouses
  • Flammable liquids
  • Asbestos
  • Soil / hardcore
  • Gas bottles

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth reserves the right to refuse any donation that is on the above list, or is deemed by us as unsellable.

If you have something that you’d like to donate to us, but it isn’t mentioned above please contact our Distribution Centre and they will happily help you.