Reuse options in and around Brighton, including Freecycle & charity shops
Welcome to our complete guide to Freecycle Brighton. Here we discuss all the ways to give and find things for free in and around Brighton. Find out how to join and use Freecycle Brighton as well as other trusted reuse sites.
1) Freecycle Brighton
Freecycle is a website where you can find and exchange pre-owned items for free. Town groups connect local residents, such as Freecycle Brighton, which has over 50,000 members at the time of writing. Freecycle can sometimes cause confusion because many people and organisations have picked up the name over the years to refer to their reuse projects. ‘Freecycle’ can sometimes refer to Freegle groups or independent reuse and recycle networks. For clarity, Freecycle.org and The Freecycle Network refer to this platform in particular.
Register for free using your Facebook account or an email address. Then you can find your closest town group (there may be more than one that is relevant for you) and join it to see pre-owned items available near you. To list an item you want to get rid of:
- Take a photo
- Write a short description
- Include any preferences about collection
If you’re looking for something specific, create a Wanted listing and other Brighton residents can contact you. There are some rules to observe or you risk a suspended account:
- Keep the space free of spam, money and politics
- No personal ads (this means yourself or somebody else)
- Drugs or other illegal substances/ items are not allowed
- Don’t post animals
- Try not to post too many Wanted listings – the site flags them as spam
2) Trashnothing Brighton
Trashnothing is a reuse website similar to Freecycle. Listings from different reuse platforms appear together in the same place. Just like Freecycle, there are local town groups connecting local reusers in Brighton. Just to be confusing, Trashnothing’s town groups often go by a few different names. In this case, the city-wide group is called Brighton Freecycle, with over 800 members. Don’t worry – the names aren’t too important.
Sign up to Trashnothing and use it just like Freecycle.
LoveJunk is an online marketplace for getting rid of bulky items like furniture, white goods, exercise equipment and messy waste.
To get rid of something in Brighton, go to LoveJunk’s homepage and click “Find A Collector”. Follow the instructions to post a free listing. Once live, LoveJunk shows your item to nearby reusers in Brighton and also licensed waste collectors. They contact you through the site or app. Reusers will come and collect the item free of charge, which is great! Sometimes, nobody reuses the item even if you think it has a lease of life left. Not to worry, though, because LoveJunk’s approved and licensed waste collectors can still take it away. The waste collectors charge a fee to sustainably dispose of your item.
To find great pre-owned items in Brighton, make sure you register as a reuser. You can adjust the filters to show items in and around where you live in Brighton. If you see something you like, all you have to do is drop a line and arrange a collection!
4) Gumtree Brighton Freebies section
You’ve likely head of Gumtree, a well-known site for classified ads. It sells all kinds of items and services. As well as buy and sell features, it also has a ‘Freebies’ section. Members use this to give items away as ‘freebies’. Adjust your filters to show free items in Brighton.
It’s free to sign up. You need to be a member to contact others about their listings and to make your own. A basic listing costs nothing to create and there are paid options that boost the visibility of your item if you want. It’s still free to respond to a boosted listing.
Sometimes, members forget or don’t list their free items under the ‘Freebies’ section. Try searching your item plus ‘free’ at the end, for example: “teacups free”.
You can donate used furniture to Shabitat. You can drop donations off at the shop at Saunders Park View, Lewes Road, BN2 4AE and is open Monday-Saturday 12-6pm. To arrange a collection, either email [email protected] or call on 01273 677577.
Shabitat is a project run by Magpie Recycling that allows people to buy more affordable furniture, donated by locals. They also accept textiles (though it must be a minimum of 2 large black bags).
6) Charity shops
Aside from the above, there is always the more traditional route of donating to local charity shops. Here are some in Brighton for larger, bulky items:
British Heart Foundation (Furniture & Electrical)
Address: 95-97 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JF
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Emmaus Brighton & Hove
Address: Drove Rd, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2PA
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm. Closed Thursdays and Sundays.
YMCA Furniture Shop Hove
Address: 66 Blatchington Rd, Hove BN3 3YH.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 9:00am-5:30pm.
Reuse not possible? Alternatives to Freecycle in Brighton
Sometimes, reusing your items just isn’t possible. Not to worry – here are some great guides to help you:
- Brighton Recycling Centre Guide – for all your questions relating to the recycling centres. This includes location, map, opening hours and what you can and can’t bring.
- Rubbish Clearance Brighton – our complete guide to sustainably disposing of your junk in Brighton.
Confused about Freecycle? Have a look at our Ultimate Guide to Freecycle with a step-by-step guide to using plus questions answered.