Reuse options in and around Manchester, including Freecycle & charity shops
Welcome to our complete guide to Freecycle Manchester. Here we discuss all the ways to give and find things for free in and around Manchester. Find out how to join and use Freecycle Manchester as well as other trusted reuse sites.
1) Freecycle Manchester
Freecycle is an online platform where you can find and exchange pre-owned items for free. This all happens within town groups which are online communities that connect local residents. Freecycle Manchester is the city-wide group with over 65,000 members at the time of writing. There are also lots of more local town groups within Greater Manchester if you don't want to travel as far to exchange items.
Freecycle can cause a bit of confusion because a lot of people and organisations have picked up the name of the years to refer to their reuse projects. Freecycle can sometimes refer to Freegle groups or independent reuse and recycle networks. Just so you know, Freecycle.org and The Freecycle Network refer to this platform in particular.
Sign up for free to Freecycle using your Facebook account or an email address. Then you can find your town gorup (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 and include any preferences about collection. If you're looking for something specific, create a Wanted listing and other Manchester residents can contact you.
Some site rules to avoid having your account suspended:
- Keep clear or politics, spam and money
- No personal ads (yourself or somebody else)
- All legal! No drugs please
- Don't post any animals
- Only post a few Wanted listings - the site flags too many as spam
2) Trashnothing Manchester
Trashnothing is really similar to Freecycle. Listings from different reuse sites appear together on the same platform. Just like Freecycle, there are local town groups connecting local reusers in Manchester. Confusingly, Trashnothing's town groups often go by a few different names. In this case, the city-wide group is called Manchester Freecycle, with over 20,000 members. But don't worry, the names aren't too important.
Sign up to Trashnothing and use it just like Freecycle.
LoveJunk is an online marketplace where you can find somebody to reuse your unwanted larger items. This includes things like furniture, white goods and exercise equipment.
To get rid of something in Manchester, 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 Greater Manchester and also licensed waste collectors. They can contact you through the site or app. Reusers come and collect the item free of charge, which is great! Sometimes, nobody reuses the item even if you think somebody else might like it. Not to worry, 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 Manchester, make sure you register as a reuser. You can adjust the filters to show items in and around where you live in Manchester. If you see something that catches your eye, all you have to do is drop a line and arrange a collection!
4) Gumtree Manchester Freebies section
Gumtree is a well-known site for classified ads. It sells all sorts of items and services. However, apart from the buy and sell features, it also has a 'Freebies' section. Members use this to give items away free of charge. You can set your filters to show free items in Manchester.
It's free to sign up - you need to be a member to message others about their listings and to make your own. A basic listing costs nothing to create, but 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 'Freebies'. Try searching your item plus 'free' at the end, for example: "large plant pot free".
5) Manchester Council Renew Shops
Recycle For Greater Manchester (aka R4GM, who run Manchester's recycling centres with Suez) launched the Renew project in 2021. Any reusable items donated at the 20 recycling centres around the county are resold for charity.
You can find donation containers at all recycling centres EXCEPT Chester Road and Reliance Street. You can donate:
- Collectables/ vintage
- Bikes and sports equipment
- Gardening and DIY
Please don't put the following in donation containers:
- Petrol powered items
- Clothes, shoes and other textiles
- Toys containing chemical substances
- NHS equipment
- All upholstered furniture must have a fire safety tag attached
- Glass items must have a kite mark
- Children’s toys must have a CE or UKCA mark
6) Wesley Community Furniture
You can donate reusable furniture and electricals to the Wesley who then supply it to those in greatest need of it around the city centre. To drop off any donations, go to St Wilfrids Church (St Wilfrid's Enterprise Centre on Google) between 09:00-16:30 Monday-Friday. The address is Royce Road, M15 5BJ. They also offer free donation collections across Greater Manchester and North Cheshire. Call 0161 226 9051 to arrange a collection. See terms and conditions for donated items here.
7) Furniture Warehouse Manchester
Furniture Warehouse reclaims and recycles old furniture. See their Facebook page here. They are run by UpManchester and you should contact them to ask about donating/ collections by calling 0161 226 1234 or emailing [email protected].
8) Charity shops
Aside from the above, there is always the more traditional route of donating to your local charity shops. Here are some in Greater Manchester for larger, bulky items:
British Heart Foundation (Furniture & Electrical)
Cheetham Hill shop address: 56 Bury Old Rd M8 5BN
Harpurhey shop address: North City Shopping Centre M9 4DH
Opening hours for both: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm. Closed Sundays.
St Ann's charity shop
Address: 164 Stockport Rd, M13 9AB
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm. Closed Thursdays and Sundays.
Hope Direct Local
Donate bulky or non-bulky items. Free collection is available once you've filled in the donation form, or call 0161 227 6700.
Shop address: 118 Chorlton Road, Old Trafford, Manchester. M15 4AL.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm.
Reuse not possible? Alternatives to Freecycle in Manchester
Sometimes, reusing your items just isn't possible. Not to worry - here are some great guides to help you:
- Manchester 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 Removal Manchester - our complete guide to sustainably disposing of your junk in Manchester.
- Cobden Street Recycling Centre - full guide to the recycling centre in Salford.
- Longley Lane Recycling Centre - full guide to the HWRC in Sharston.
Confused about Freecycle? Have a look at our Ultimate Guide to Freecycle with a step-by-step guide to using plus all questions answered.