Collection and Repurposing of Unwanted Household Goods project


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Collection and Repurposing of Unwanted Household Goods project

This project has now started.

Please note that the project will operate under the following Covid-19 traffic light levels and follow the most recent public health advice:

Red – will operate

Amber – will operate

Green – will operate

When we call to arrange collection or delivery you will be asked to answer standard public health questions about possible exposure to Covid-19. You will also be required to comply with public health advice for each alert level, such as wearing face coverings and practising physical distancing.

What is the project about?

Marlborough District Council has received funding from the Ministry for the Environment to set up a service for collecting, repurposing, and delivering unwanted household goods.

Can everyone in Marlborough take part?

You can only use the service if you live in Blenheim.

The information we gather during the trial will be used to work out if Council can extend the project to the whole region in the future.

What kinds of items can I give?

Items of furniture and any other of household goods in good enough condition to be used by another household.

Items currently in stock, awaiting a home

The current items in stock and awaiting a new home are listed below:

  • Dining/office chairs x plenty
  • TV unit x 2
  • Armchair x 2
  • Single bed (mattress + base) x 9
  • Desk x 3
  • Suitcase x 2
  • Queen bed mattress and base x 1
  • Two-seater sofa x 1
  • Small ottoman x 1
  • Outdoor table x 2
  • Display cabinets x 7
  • Adjustable shower seat x 1
  • Clothes rack x 1
  • Heater x 2
  • Lamp x 3

This list is updated on a weekly basis, so if you are in need of one or more of these items then fill in the delivery form below and complete as necessary. We will send through some photos of the suitable items available and organise delivery from there.

What kinds of items can I ask for?

Any items of furniture or other household goods, that we have in stock.

How do I use the service?

If you have items to give away or are in need of items then use the following forms to let us know.

It may take up to seven days for our staff to respond to your request.

Fill out the online delivery form if you would like to ask for items.

Go to the Unwanted Goods Delivery Form

Items to give away

Fill out the online collection form if you have items to give.

Go to the Unwanted Goods Collection Form

Items we need

  • King size mattresses and bases

Items required

Fill out the online delivery form if you would like to ask for items.

Go to the Unwanted Goods Delivery Form

Letterbox Display

Print the Repurposing Goods Trial leaflet and put it on your letterbox to help the delivery staff.

When is the service available?

Collection and delivery will usually happen on a Saturday or Sunday. You can ask for a morning or afternoon slot.

How does it work?

  1. Gather up the items you want to give.
  2. Register online. Only households registered via the Council website can take part.
  3. Someone will call you to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. If you need help to move items let us know when we call you.
  4. On your collection day display the sign on you letterbox to help the delivery staff find you.
  5. Move the items to a place where they can be easily collected by the staff.
  6. Please only give items you would be happy to receive yourself.
  7. Minor damage to household items can be repaired.
  8. Do not put out dangerous goods such as faulty electrical equipment.
  9. We definitely do not want rubbish.
  10. The collection staff will not take away items that are broken, soiled, or beyond repair. Delivery staff will have the final say on the day.
  11. It is your responsibility to deal with any items that do not get collected.
  12. Everyone in Blenheim can use the service but priority will be given to households that do not have access to transport or, who have an immediate need for household goods.

How much does it cost?

There will be no cost to the public while Council works out a sustainable pricing mechanism.


If you have any other questions about the project email our team: