Although we hope that the Singapore adventure will never end, sometimes the decision is made to return home or move on to become expats in exciting new countries. And, as you know, moving can be incredibly stressful – what to pack, what to ship, what to sell and what to throw away? Well, you’re on your own with the first few, but we have an answer for the latter question – you don’t need to throw anything away! While you might not want or need some household items, somewhere there is a family who would love to take on them on and a charity who will organise the donation for you. Whether we’re talking big items of furniture or small furnishings, clothes and shoes, there’ll be a not-for-profit company that’s perfect for your needs. Simply check out the list below for everything you need to know about donating in Singapore.
This global website has an active group in Singapore and encourages us to recycle everything in the home and throwing nothing away. Even an old plank of wood might be wanted by someone else, so stick it on the website and find out. People who are interested can contact you directly and collect the items themselves – hassle free! Join the SG group for free here.
The Salvation Army
Unwanted goods from your home or company can help local communities in an important practical way across Singapore. There are lots of drop off locations and thrift shops all over the island – see the full list here and read more on donations here.
The Salvation Army Headquarters: 20 Bishan Street 22 Singapore 579768 (open car park). Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.
Pharmaplus: Camden Medical Centre , 1 Orchard Boulevard #01-04 Singapore 248649 – open Monday to Friday (9am to 6pm) and Saturday (9am – 1pm). Tel: (65) 6887 3456
Selective fitness: 50B Tras Street Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 078989. Monday to Friday (7.30am to 10pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am to 3pm). Tel: (65) 6222 8296
Pass it on (household items)
If you don’t have the means to drop off your donations, Pass It On will pick-up items from your home. All you have to do is submit a picture and some details on their website.
Located at The Helping Hand 819 Upper Serangoon Road Singapore 534678
SCWO, Singapore council of women organisations
The womens’ group set up the NEW2U THRIFT SHOP in 2000 and sell unwanted items to raise money for charity. They don’t accept used electrical goods or large items of furniture, but would love to receive old clothes, shoes, accessories, books, toys, crockery and utensils.
Located at: 96 Waterloo Street Singapore 187967, Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 2:30pm. Phone: 68370611
Junk to clear
If you urgently need to get rid of something and you don’t have time to consider how/why/where it will go, Junk To Clear will pick up everything and anything on the same day. There’s a price to pay based on the item(s), but if you simply need to clear something out of your house fast, these are your guys. Everything you need is on their site.
For more helpful tips head to our living in Singapore section.