Check out what can be recycled at Downton's own mini-recycling centre, situated around the back of the Baptist church.
Many other items are accepted via Downton Churches, the Country Market, Co-op and Pharmacy. For some you might need to look a little further afield......
Crisp packets and tassimo pods
Collected at the Coop, proceeds to Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Ring Pulls from Aluminium Cans
Use the mini-recycling centre or take to Baptist Church (labelled drawers in entrance hall in Church generally open Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sunday mornings until 1pm) or the Country Market in the Memorial Hall, every Friday 9.30-11.00 am.
Ties and Leather Belts
As above. These items are collected for the Purple Community Fund (www.p-c-f.org ) who works with both women prisoners in the UK and poor families in the Philippines training them to fashion various accessories.
Clothing Exchange at Downton Baptist Church
3rd Friday each month. Clean, good quality clothes, shoes and jewellery can be left at the Baptist Church (see above). Any unwanted items are taken by the Trussell Trust.
Contact Jerry Budgen 07891 148542, Sue Avery 07787 574924 for further information.
Plastic Milk Bottle Tops
All colours. Use the mini-recycling centre or take to St Laurence’s Church or the Baptist Church.
Collected to support Hants & IOW Air Ambulance.
Jigsaws, Books, DVDs and CDs
Take to the Country Market (Friday mornings, Memorial Hall), where they can be borrowed for 50p, to raise money for the Sarah Kinsley Fund which helps children with special needs locally.
Books can also be taken to the Coop where they can be swapped and/or simply taken, with a donation invited to a community charity.
Use the mini-recycling centre. Or can be taken for use in the developing world via large opticians eg SpecSavers or Vision Express or via the Oxfam shop.
Hand and electric tools plus sewing machines are collected by ‘Tools for Self Reliance’ to be refurbished for sending overseas. Similar tools and also computers are collected for a similar purpose by Tools with a Mission in Ringwood.
Empty Printer and Toner Cartridges
Use the mini-recycling centre or take to Naomi House charity shop in the Maltings (under Sainsbury’s). Lots of other charities have schemes that you can use - if you have a particular favourite, check to see if your used cartridges can be sent off to support it.
Take to the Coop or the Pharmacy.
Used Postage Stamps
Use the mini-recycling centre or take to St Laurence’s Church: proceeds to Leprosy Mission
Furniture (good condition)
Burnbake Trust will collect furniture to be donated to disadvantaged local people. Collections are also made by the Trussell Trust Shop, British Heart Foundation and Sue Ryder, all based in Salisbury.
Unwanted white goods
The charity KFR works across Wiltshire to collect white goods like cookers, fridges and washing machines to refurbish them for sale to low income families.
Many Different Items
Charity shops and Jumble sales
‘Downton Deals’ – closed Facebook page, contact Becky Cornell (email@example.com)