Reuse in Eden District


Map of charity shops etc in Eden District, Cumbria.

Here's a list of reuse options in Eden District in Cumbria. Your first port of call is obviously Freegle at where you can give away free items and get stuff for nothing, ie helping your neighbours and the environment.

At this stage it's worth saying that for every item given away or sold there needs to be someone else who wants it. Quite a few people have stuff they don't need, so don't be shy about getting stuff - you are helping the environment by keeping something in use!

And before we get into a list of options, remember the mantra REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. If you need something, get something that's well built and look after it, so you won't need to change it for a while. Many things can be REPAIRED so check that out first before deciding you need a replacement. Or consider UPCYCLING it eg give it a lick of paint!. If you can't sell or give something away, make sure you recycle it properly if possible, eg electrical items shouldn't be put in the bin.

If you want to get rid of something you don't need or can't repair, the options are sell, give away and recycle.

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  • There are monthly repair cafes in Penrith and occasional ones in Appleby and Alston.
  • An alternative is get involved at Ernie's Shed at Learning Fields at Hoff near Appleby – they may be able to fix your item for you for a modest fee.
  • What other repair options are there?


  • eBay

  • Facebook: Penrith for Sale and Wanted group

  • Notice in shop window

  • Classified Ads

  • Free ads

  • Car boot sale

  • Antique shops, auctioneers or scrap merchants

  • Trade in when buying new

Give away

  • Freegle, Freecycle and TrashNothing!

  • Give to family and friends

  • Charity Shops - see list below

  • Collection by Penrith Opshop, Eden Valley Hospice or British Heart Foundation

  • Give bicycles to Rebike in Carlisle


  • Kerbside collection

  • Shop battery collection

  • Recycling centres

  • Household Waste Recycling Centres (Flusco, Kirkby Stephen)

  • Collection by Eden District Council (fee applies)

  • All electrical appliances can be recycled. It doesn’t matter how broken they are. Watch the video

  • Check out PACT's list of where hard-to-recycle items can be recycled

If you have a pet or animal that you can no longer look after, we do not recommend giving it away using Freegle or similar. Instead, please contact Eden Animal Rescue on


Apart from eBay, consider...

Penrith: For Sale and Wanted

There is a very active Facebook 'Penrith: For Sale and Wanted' group with 13,500 members.

Giving away

Apart from Freegle - here's a list of charity shops and other places that will collect or accept reusable items.

Penrith Opshop and Eden Valley Hospice can collect clean, reusable, unwanted electrical goods. They then sell these on at low cost, helping residents and the environment. Anything with fabric will need a fire certificate.

Age Concern, Appleby

Low Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6QP

017683 54918

Core hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am to 3.30pm

Age UK, Alston

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Hatters House, Front Street, CA9 3SE, tel. 01434 382323

Age UK, Kirkby Stephen

Market Square, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QT

017683 72266

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Age UK, Penrith

Mon-Fri 9:30 - 4pm

The Resource Centre, Sandgate, Penrith CA11 7TP

01768 863618

Bernardo's, Kirkby Stephen

14 Market St, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QT

01968 374940

Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sat 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Sun 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

British Heart Foundation, Penrith

53 King Street, Penrith, CA11 7AY

01768 890253

Monday-Saturday 9.30 - 5.00

Sunday 10.00 - 4.00 - Facebook

They also offer a free collection service on 01946418809

British Red Cross, Penrith

27 Queen Street,Penrith,Cumbria, CA11 7XD

01768 899848

Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm

Changing Rooms, Brough


Right next to Brough School which is located in Church Brough.

Open Monday to Friday 9.30-3.30


Eden Animal Rescue, Penrith

37 Great Dockray, Penrith CA11 7BN

01768 890001

Monday - Friday 10am–4pm

Saturday 10.00 - 1.00pm

Eden Valley Hospice. Carlisle - can pick up

Can collect

01228 810801

Unit 2, Madford Retail Park, Charlotte St, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 5BT

Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Hospice at Home, Penrith

3 Little Dockray, Penrith CA117HL


Impact Furniture Services


OpShop, Penrith

Angel Lane, Penrith

01768 864098. We are open Mondays to Saturdays 10.30am until 4pm.
They can do collections in van (usually on a Friday morning).

e collect most things,  including furniture and electrical items. Upholstered items must have their fire safety certificate.  Electrical items must be working. 
We can't accept printers, audio and video cassettes as we can't sell them. There is an emerging online market for cassettes though. 
Car seats and safety helmets are not legal to sell and we don't take them.
We currently can't accept baby cots, pram's, pushchairs, high chairs and the like. We are hoping put put a safety process in to make this possible in the future."

Oxfam, Penrith

23 Devonshire Street, Penrith, CA11 7SU

01768 863064

Rebike, Carlisle

Takes bicycles for repair and resale

01228 318391. Water Street, Carlisle CA2 5AW

Salvation Army, Penrith

1-2 Queen Street, Penrith, CA11 7XE

01768 867429

Save the Children, Penrith

21 Middlegate, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7PG

01768 868060

Second Chance Charity Shop, Shap

Shap Community Enterprise, Verdun House, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3NG

10.00 to 4.30 Tuesday to Friday

10.00 to 12.30 on Saturdays.

Something in Mind, Appleby

The Arcade, Public Hall Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland CA16 6YA

017683 53494

Something in Mind, Penrith

Angel Lane, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7BP

017683 53494


Eden District Council item collection

£27 for up to 3 items

01768 817 817


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