Dunelm is now offering homeware recycling in its stores

Home to Home: Dunelm offers pre-loved homeware recycling option

UK retailer Dunelm is providing homeware recycling options for its customers across the UK thanks to a newly launched ‘Home to Home’ concept.

Although presenting the homeware recycling option as a way for consumers to pass on pre-loved items to communities in need, there is also a sustainability angle in that much of what is donated might have otherwise ended up in landfill.

Dunelm stores providing homeware recycling are able to collect cookware, dinnerware, glassware, tableware, bakeware, and home decor, “as long as they’re in good, instantly usable (and loveable) condition”.

The retailer is working with a range of community partners to find new homes for the pre-loved homewares it collects.

The charities and organisations involved are Brushstrokes, Depaul, Emmaus Coventry, HomeAid, Julian House, Stepping Stone Projects, The Bread & Butter Thing, The Wallich, YMCA Fylde Coast, The Foxton Centre, First Steps Family Wellbeing Centre, and Chester Aid to the Homeless.

Currently the Home to Home concept is in operation in the following stores:

  • Altrincham
  • Ashton Under Lyne
  • Bangor
  • Blackburn
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton
  • Bromborough
  • Chester
  • Exeter
  • Garston
  • Liverpool
  • Livingston
  • Oldbury
  • Preston
  • Radcliffe
  • Rugby
  • Sefton
  • Liverpool
  • Southport
  • St Helens
  • Stockport
  • Trafford
  • Warrington
  • Wrexham

Dunelm introduced a textiles, quilts and pillows take-back scheme in December 2021, but the business said at the time it had an ambition to introduce similar initiatives for other homewares and bulky items.

As is mandatory for sellers of electricals goods, Dunelm also offers to recycle customers’ old electrical items when they purchase something new from the retailer.

There is also now an option for customers to donate old furniture and mattresses, which will be recycled or resold via Dunelm’s partnerships with the British Heart Foundation and clearance company Clearabee. The latter company works with other retailers such as Oak Furnitureland and Sofology to help these businesses’ customers dispose of or recycle old furniture.

Read more about retailer recycling schemes on Green Retail World.

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