Recycling for Alzheimer's Society
We recycle a wide range of items – from foreign coins and old jewellery to technology, stamps, cameras and cars. This page explains what you can donate and how to do it.
Last update January 2021
Recycling is a great way to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society. Despite the current lockdown we are still able to receive old jewellery recycling envelopes. Just fill them and pop them in the post.
Have something to recycle? Donate your old or unwanted items to Alzheimer's Society and you'll be raising vital funds to support people affected by dementia.
Your kind donations of old jewellery have raised over £1.7 million! With our new recycling initiatives there's a lot more you can recycle too.
What can I recycle?
- Old jewellery - we welcome jewellery of any kind, including broken and unwanted items.
- Foreign coins - all coins and notes accepted, including obsolete currency.
- Cameras -old film, digital and video
- Stamps - loose stamps, albums, first day covers, presentation packs, collections, postcard collections
- Technology - sat-navs, iPods, MP3 players, DVD players, games consoles, laptops, tablets, iPads and more
- Cars - Unwanted vehicles can be recycled via the Give A Car scheme (call 020 7736 4242 or visit the website)
How to recycle with us:
Our Old Jewellery Appeal welcomes jewellery of any kind - whether it's an odd cufflink or earring, or a bracelet or necklace that you no longer wear.
Making a donation couldn't be simpler;
- Request a free jiffy bag by completing our short online form
- Add your jewellery to the bag along with your name and contact details
- Post the jiffy bag and it will come straight to us via the freepost address!
Please note, due to a very high interest in this appeal, it may take up to 3 weeks for your envelope to arrive.
Please do not include any other items except jewellery in the freepost envelopes.
Alternatively, you can recycle your jewellery via the below address. Please include your name and contact details when sending your donation, so that we can ensure it reaches us safely.
Alzheimer’s Society (OJ)
3 Eagle Avenue
Magnetic Park Desborough
Whether you're recycling loose holiday change or old technology, your donation helps us to support people affected by dementia.
Postal option for stamps
All kinds of stamps are welcome. Simply cut the stamps from the envelope, being careful not to damage the stamp in the process, and start building a small collection of stamps to recycle.
When you have enough to fill an envelope, send them to:
PO Box 16992
Please note you will need to put a stamp on the envelope - this PO Box address is not a freepost address.
Postal option for currency
If you have the odd coins or notes that you would like to donate, you can post them to:
If your collection of items weighs 10kg or more please contact us at [email protected] to arrange a free home collection.
Donate your old or unwanted items at a local drop-off point
Please follow these easy steps:
- Find your nearest drop-off point by searching your postcode on our map
- Double-check the opening times. Most of our drop-off points are open Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm), however times do vary and are subject to change. Give your drop-off point a call to confirm their opening hours
- Pay a visit to drop off your donation.
Please note: Unfortunately many of our local drop off points remain closed due to the current coronavirus pandemic. You can use our online map to check the status of your local drop off location.
If you would like to become a local drop off point for your community, please do get in touch at [email protected].
We do not have any drop off points in Scotland as Alzheimer's Society operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland only.
If you have a question about recycling with Alzheimer's Society, you can call us on 0330 333 0804 or email us.
You can also find answers to some frequently asked questions below:
Do you accept obsolete and pre-Euro currency?
Yes! All coins and notes are accepted.
Will my data be wiped off my donated device?
Yes. Although we recommend that all phones, tablets and other devices are wiped before donation they are split into 3 groups.
- Working/ Faulty (but powering) smartphones – tested and wiped.
- Physically good condition feature phones – tested and wiped (mainly Nokia and Samsung).
- Poor condition, faulty and incomplete feature and smartphones – destroyed and base materials recycled
Can I donate my old car?
Yes! Old and unwanted cars can be recycled via the Give A Car scheme. Call 020 7736 4242 or visit the website and nominate Alzheimer's Society as your chosen charity.
Can I recycle at my workplace?
Yes! You can either register your workplace as a drop-off point or your staff can collect internally. For further details, please email us.