Items We Can’t Accept

Whilst we would love to take all donations there are some items we, unfortunately, cannot accept due to health and safety and legal reasons; some items would incur a cost to dispose of if accepted.

If after reading this list you’re still unsure, please contact your local shop directly and they will be able to help.

Furniture and homewares

  • upholstered furniture without a fire label
  • furniture with noticeable rips, stains, chips, cracks and scratches
  • furniture with missing parts or damage that may make the item unsafe
  • musical organs or pianos
  • homemade cushions
  • candles without instructions
  • beds
  • mattresses
  • duvets and pillows that have been used
  • sewing machines
  • knitting machines

Sports equipment

  • buoyancy aids, lifejackets, inflatable dinghies
  • safety helmets, riding hats, cycle helmets, crash helmets
  • climbing equipment, ropes and harnesses
  • firefighting equipment
  • roller boots/blades/skates


  • car seats
  • prams, pushchairs and buggies
  • highchairs
  • cots, carry cots, playpens
  • baby baths, mattresses, bouncing harnesses and baby walkers
  • toys without the CE mark or are handmade
  • toys intended for use in water


  • TVs, video and DVD players
  • video and audio tapes
  • home-recorded DVDs, video and audio tapes
  • home-recorded computer games and software
  • CDs/DVDs free with magazines or library pre-owned
  • all IT equipment
  • electric blankets
  • electric showers
  • sun beds and tanning equipment
  • waste disposal units
  • lawn mowers and large electrical gardening equipment
  • white goods (fridges, dishwashers etc)
  • electrical plus, extension leads and wiring

Heating and cooking

  • gas appliances, either mains or gas bottles
  • paraffin stoves
  • heaters (electric or gas)
  • oil filled radiators
  • storage heaters
  • oil and gas agas
  • soda streams cylinders

Sharp knives or weapons

  • knives
  • swords, sword stocks, crossbows
  • guns and ammunition (including replica guns unless, an obvious toy)
  • razors and razor blades


  • alcohol
  • aerosols
  • food items
  • chemicals
  • cosmetics unless sealed and new
  • items made from endangered species, including ivory
  • fireworks
  • medicine and medical equipment
  • petrol or diesel fueled garden tools such as lawn mowers
  • used personal appliances such as shavers and foot spas
  • Prescription spectacles