Choose To Reuse 2022

Background and Objectives 

‘Choose to Reuse in 2022’, is the Council’s new campaign to encourage residents and businesses to reuse items, rather than throw them away. It is one of several initiatives, as part of the wider ‘StAND for Sustainability’ strategy, which sits at the centre of Council’s Corporate Plan. 

Recycling is great, but reusing or repurposing items is better still. It uses less energy and over time encourages us to think differently about our purchasing decisions and how we use items we own. 

When we make the decision that we are not simply going to throw items away and buy replacements, we are inclined to buy something of higher quality, something that will last, and something we actually need.  

The new campaign is underpinned by two new service offerings:

  1. The ‘Refresh Large Appliances Collection Scheme’, is run by Refresh Appliances, a Social Enterprise Company, within the Borough. 
  2. ‘Freecycle Bulky Goods Collection Scheme’  is a Council run service. 

Before utilising either of these services, residents should also consider local charities who may be interested in collecting their goods.  A list of local charities can be found online.   

1. Refresh Large Appliances Collection Scheme - available from 4 January 2022

Background on Service Provider and Scheme 

Refresh Appliances is a Social Enterprise Company, providing a domestic appliance sales and repair service which includes the remanufacture and repair of the large appliances. 

The company provides training and employment opportunities to local people in the Ards and North Down Borough. 

In order to manage a regular pipeline of stock for refurbishment, Refresh Appliances has a contract with European Recycling Platform to collect appliances from several local authorities. 

Details of How the Scheme Works 

To further improve the service, Refresh Appliances has secured funding to provide a direct collection service from householders for one year.  This scheme is free of charge and launches Tuesday 4 January 2022. 

Large appliances, which are eligible for collection as part of the scheme are: 

  • Washing machines 
  • Tumble dryers 
  • Dishwashers 
  • Cookers and hobs 

Please note that Fridge/Freezers and Gas Appliances are NOT included in this collection scheme. 

Booking Information 

Bookings should be made directly through Refresh Appliances and collections will be twice weekly.  Contact details are as follows: 


2. Freecycle Bulky Goods Collection Trial Scheme - launch date Monday 24 January 2022

Background on Service Provider and Scheme  

Ards and North Down Borough Council is launching a free collection and delivery service on a trial basis, for bulky goods, which are being donated through the Freecycle platform www.freecycle.org. The trial launches on Monday 24 January through to Friday 15 April 2022. 

Details of How the Scheme works  

Only items advertised on the Freecycle platform will be eligible for the free council collection and delivery service. (Residents must include the post I.D. to verify this when they telephone the booking line)  

Residents must have made prior agreement (via the Freecycle website) with the recipient of the goods for suitable delivery arrangements including the date and time of delivery (someone needs to be at home to receive the goods).   

Only collection and delivery addresses within the Ards and North Down Borough are eligible for this service and items must not be considered hazardous or illegal.   

The items must fall under the bulky waste category already set up by Council (please see list below).  

Council will not be responsible for the assembly or disassembly of any goods before or after collection or delivery.  Residents donating items must disassemble any items that cannot be lifted safely by two operatives.  Council accepts no responsibility for the condition of goods which are being donated and once agreed, the recipient must receive the item donated to them.  

If residents are not at home to receive goods, the item will be brought to the nearest household recycling centre. The transaction will then become invalid.  

Booking Information  

Residents can book a collection and delivery by phone, Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.   

Booking Line Number:  07733722577  

  • The service will operate Monday to Friday.  
  • Collections will take place during a morning slot of 9am to 12noon  
  • Deliveries will take place, the same day as collections, in an afternoon slot of 2-4pm  

Re Use Trial - What items are eligible?

Items which can be collected by the service include:
  • Belfast Sink
  • TV Stand (Cara Glass) 
  • BED (2 pieces Divan) 
  • Table & chairs 
  • Chimera 
  • Mattress 
  • Treadmill 
  • Multi Gym 
  • Exercise Bike 
  • Weights 
  • American Fridge/Freezer 
  • Fridges 
  • Freezers 
  • Suite   
  • Corner suite 
  • Cooker 
  • Bikes 
  • Go Karts 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Strimmer 
  • BBQ + Gas BBQ's 
  • Prams 
  • Baby Car seats 
  • Cots 
  • Dog Kennels 
  • Trampoline 
  • Pool table (with net pockets) 
  • Iron Headboard 
  • Recliners
  • Wheelbarrow 
  • large plant pot (just under 1m height) - TERRACOTTA 
  • Rattan garden sofa 
  • Fish tank 
  • Fireplaces with wood
  • Electric Fireplaces
  • Trampolines 3ft wide and under 
  • Trampolines over 3ft wide and above 
  • Golf clubs, golf bag and caddy trolley 
  • Flagstones