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Giving Back to the Community: Donation and Recycling Centres in Singapore


Embarking on a decluttering journey is not just about creating a more organised living space; You can also see it as an opportunity to give back to the community and contribute to a sustainable future.


In Singapore, numerous donation and recycling centres accept items in various categories.


Here's a comprehensive guide to where you can donate or recycle your belongings, broken down by categories for your easy reference.


Clothing and Textiles:


#1 Cloop

Cloop collects reusable clothing and textiles through recycling bins located around the island. The textiles are transported to a facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they are sorted for reuse and resale.

Accepts: Any textiles in any condition - from clean, very good conditions to unusable

Locations: Textile recycling bins all across Singapore, check out the nearest bin from you here!


#2 H&M Recycling Program

H&M's recycling program encourages customers to bring in their old and unwanted clothing and textiles to their stores. In return, you receive a discount voucher to use on your next purchase. The collected textiles are then recycled to create new products or used for other sustainable purposes, reducing textile waste. Try not to buy unnecessarily though!

Accepts: Used clothing and textiles of any brand

Locations: All H&M stores in Singapore

Link: Website


#3 Zara

Zara has initiated a recycling program that allows customers to drop off their used clothing and accessories at select stores. The collected items are either repaired and resold, or the materials are recycled to minimize textile waste and promote sustainability.

Accepts: Any kind of clothing, household linen, footwear, accessories and even jewellery, in any condition

Locations: Selected stores across Singapore, find the nearest store that offers Clothes Collection here

Link: Website


#4 Uniqlo

UNIQLO encourages customers to give their unwanted clothing a new life through their RE.UNIQLO initiative. They collect all UNIQLO clothes for redistribution and recycling.

for redistribution and recycling.

Accepts: Secondhand UNIQLO clothes

Locations: UNIQLO outlets stores across Singapore


#5 Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP Shop)

The SSVP Shop is a social enterprise project by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. They accept clothes, accessories, bags, electronics, and household items in good condition. All proceeds go towards helping the less fortunate.

Accepts: Clothes, accessories, bags, electronics, and household items in good condition

Location: 501 Geylang Road, Singapore 389459

Note: Please call 6974 2480 to make an appointment to drop off the donations at the shop during operating hours.


#6 Its Raining Raincoats (IRR)

It's Raining Raincoats is an organisation in Singapore that provides assistance to the homeless and migrant workers.

Accepts: Men’s shoes, clothes, and household goods.

Locations: Multiple point of contacts in West, Central, and East areas. Also at Paya Lebar Road

Note: Please note that IRR does not accept any undergarments, women's clothing or kids clothing.

Link: Website


#7 The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is dedicated to meeting the needs of the poor and marginalised in the community. They accept clothes, books, toys, bags, shoes, and more. Donations can be dropped off at their Donation In-Kind booths located in various locations.

Accepts: Gently used clothing, shoes, and household items.

Locations: Multiple thrift stores across Singapore.

Links: Facebook | Website


#8 Metta (Metta Welfare Association)

Metta is a non-profit organisation that provides social service programs to the community. They collect donated preloved clothing and distribute them to their beneficiaries or centers once accepted. Donations can be deposited in the recycle bin at their Simei office.

Accepts: Clothes, electronics, IT equipment, groceries, arts and crafts supplies

Location: Level 1, 32 Simei Street 1, S529950


#9 Greensquare

Greensquare provides free textile recycling services to households and organisations in Singapore. Good quality items are sold to secondhand textile importers, while worn and damaged textiles are recycled as industrial cleaning cloths.

Accepts: Clothes, textiles Locations:

Location

Address

The Green Collective (Funan Mall) Collection on Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm

​107 North Bridge Road #02-18

​Fushionopolis One

​1 Fusionopolis Way Connexis, Singapore 138632. At B2 North (near toilets), escalator

​Fushionopolis Two

4 Fusionopolis Way, Singapore 138635. At Kinesis, Level 1 Carpark Lift Lobby

Valley Point Shopping Centre

491 River Valley Road, Basement 1, lift lobby, Singapore 248371

City Square Mall

​180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539. Textile Bin at B4 travellator lobby.

Quayside Isle

31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375. Textile Bin at B1 near lift lobby, next to the Electronics Recycling Bin and Food Donation Bin.


#10 The Barn

The Barn is a thrift shop under Cornerstone Community Services with outlets in Katong, Ang Mo Kio, and Penjuru. They sell preloved consumer goods and collaborate with social service agencies to offer their products to residents in housing estates.

Accepts: Clothing, accessories, household appliances, and other miscellaneous items

Locations:

Location

Address

Opening Hours

​The Barn @ Katong

​11 East Coast Rd, #01-11/12, The Odeon Katong, S428722

Tue-Fri: 11am - 2pm;

Sat: 11am - 4.30pm;

Sun: 10am - 1pm

(Closed on Mon & PH)

​The Barn @ AMK

​591A, Ang Mo Kio St 51, #01-35, S561591

Mon-Fri, Sun : 1 - 4pm (Closed on Sat & PH)

​The Barn @ Penjuru

​27 Penjuru Walk, #01-01, S608538

​Tue-Sat: 12 - 9pm;

Sun: 11am - 7pm;

Open on PH

(Closed on Mon)


Furniture and Household Items:


#1 New2U Thrift Shop by SCWO

New2U is a thrift shop initiative by the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations. They accept clothes, books, toys, bags, shoes, and more. Proceeds from the store go towards supporting various initiatives.

Accepts: Clothes, bags, jewellery and watches (working condition), figurines, collectibles, toys and board games (no soft toys please), kitchenware, home deco

Location: 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore.


#2 Pass It On

Pass It On is a project managed by The Helping Hand, a Christian halfway house. They accept home appliances, furniture, medical aids, learning aids, and more to benefit the needy.

Accepts: Furniture, electronics, and household goods.

Locations: Collection points and scheduled pickups.

Link: Website


#3 Its Raining Raincoats (IRR)

It's Raining Raincoats is an organisation in Singapore that provides assistance to the homeless and migrant workers.

Accepts: Refrigerator, washing machines, kitchen appliances, electronics, luggage bags, shoes, clothes, and household goods

Locations: Multiple point of contacts in West, Central, and East areas. Also at Paya Lebar Road

Link: Website


E-waste or Hazardous Materials:


#1 FairPrice / NTUC

As part of the Producer Responsibility Scheme on e-waste mandated by the National Environment Agency (NEA), FairPrice now offers in-store collection and home delivery take back of e-waste at selected stores.

Accepts: Printers, computers, laptops, tablets, desktop monitors, mobile phones, portable batteries, bulbs, tubes, LEDs Locations: For the corresponding e-waste accepted, please refer to the participating stores here

Link: Website


#2 StarHub E-Waste Recycling Program

StarHub's E-Waste Recycling Program encourages the responsible disposal of electronic waste. They have various collection points where you can drop off old and unwanted electronic devices, ensuring they are recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.

Accepts: Mobile phones, laptops, and small electronic devices

Locations: StarHub shops and selected partner outlets

Link: Website


#3 NEA E-Waste Recycling Program

The National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore runs an E-Waste Recycling Program to promote the proper disposal of electronic waste. They provide information on e-waste recycling options and drop-off points to help individuals and businesses recycle their electronic devices safely.

Accepts: E-waste items such as computers and televisions

Locations: Designated collection points, spread across Singapore

Link: Website

Bras:


#1 Wacoal

Wacoal runs a Bra Recycle program where you can donate old or damaged bras. They aim to turn them into eventual products that benefit the environment. Donation bins are available at Wacoal outlets.

Accepts: Old or damaged bras

Locations: Donation bins are available at Wacoal outlets

Link: Facebook


Old or unused eyeglasses:


#1 Visio Optical

Visio Optical runs a spectacle collection program where you can donate old or unused eyeglasses. They provide eyewear to people in nursing homes, day-care centers, underprivileged families, and anyone in need.

Accepts: Old or unused eyeglasses

Location: 43 Holland Drive 01-67, Singapore 270043


By giving a second life to your items or ensuring they are responsibly recycled, you also contribute to community welfare and environmental sustainability in Singapore. Share this guide with your friends and family, let’s foster a culture of mindful consumption and responsible disposal. Together, we can create a more sustainable and compassionate community.

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