Downton green group

Local recycling
Many items are accepted in Salisbury or more widely in Wiltshire for recycling or reuse - and closer to home via Downton Churches, the Country Market, Co-op and Pharmacy:

Crisp packets and tassimo pods 
Collected at the Coop, proceeds to Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Ring Pulls from Aluminium Cans
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 ( ) 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. Take to St Laurence’s Church or the Baptist Church.
Collected for New Forest Mencap

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.

Unwanted spectacles
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
Take to Naomi House charity shop in the Maltings (under Sainsbury’s)

Dead Batteries
Take to the Coop or the Pharmacy

Used Postage Stamps
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 (
Salisbury Freecycle