By donating or buying items for reuse, you:

  • stop them going to landfill
  • save the energy needed to recycle them
  • reduce the natural resources used to create new products.


There is an active Freecycle group in Bishop’s Stortford. This is an online group where you can ask for items that you need or offer things that you are happy to donate. Membership is free. All items posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages

Library of Things

Instead of buying new, you may be able to borrow what you need from the ‘Library of Things‘ at Bishop’s House, Windhill. They say: “We are pleased to announce that your Library of Things now has a pressure washer, bread maker, steam wallpaper stripper, some beautiful hand tools, a six man tent, body boards, a carpet cleaner, a Sega Megadrive and many many more exciting things. And they are all yours to borrow!

Charity shops

Bishop’s Stortford has plenty of charity shops that will take clothing, books, DVDs and smaller household items. Ecco take larger items and furniture and also use proceeds from the shop to support the Parndon Wood Local Nature Reserve in Harlow.

Reuse centres

The Bishops Stortford recycling centre also has a reuse centre where you can donate or buy larger items such as furniture.

The Baptist Church can also take furniture for re-use. They have a warehouse and make things they store available to people setting up home e.g. people helped by the Winter Night Shelter. They do not take electrical goods.


Domestic recycling

East Herts council have kerbside collections for recycling from domestic properties:

  • Paper, in the paper box inside the blue-lidded bin
  • Glass, some plastics, metal tins and cans, inside the blue-lidded bins
  • Green waste, in the brown bins

Details of exactly what can be included are available in the Guide to Bins, Boxes & Collections .

Recycling collection points

Polythene bags: collected in Waitrose, Sainsburys (Thorley and Jackson Square) and Tesco (Bishop’s Park). Aldi will accept their own polythene bags returned for recycling.

Newspapers and magazines: Old River Lane, and in the domestic recycling collections.

Small batteries: collected in Waitrose, Sainsburys (Thorley and Jackson Square) and Tesco (Bishop’s Park) .

Clothes and shoes: collection points in the car park at Tesco (Bishop’s Park), Link Road car park, and on Old River Lane.

Brita water filter cartidges: collected in Sainsburys (Jackson Square) and Coopers. Alternatively you could avoid using them altogether and descale the kettle occasionally with citric acid.

Larger items

The household waste recycling centre in Woodside Industrial Estate can take garden waste, wood, scrap metals, textiles, engine oil, batteries, flourescent light bulbs (including the low energy compact flourescent bulbs), CDs and DVDs, as well as recycling that would normally go in the kerbside waste bins.


If you have more valuable metals, for example copper pipes or brass taps, you may get some money by taking them for recycling to Raybould Metals in Twyford Road. Take documents to show your identity.