Although many of us hope that our 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 we 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 questions, but we have an answer for the last one: don’t throw anything away! While you mightn’t want or need certain household items, there is a family somewhere who would love to take them on – and a charity who will organise the donation for you. Whether its big items of furniture or small furnishings, clothes and shoes, there’s a not-for-profit company perfect for your needs. Check out the list below for everything you need to know about donating in Singapore.
Singapore Freecycle Network
Also known as SGFreecycle, this global movement has an active group in Singapore and encourages recycling and throwing nothing away by connecting people who are giving away goods to others seeking the same goods. Even an old plank of wood might be wanted by someone else, so stick it on their website, Facebook page or Yahoo mailing group to find out. People who are interested can contact you directly and collect the items themselves – hassle free!
This non-profit project distributes any unwanted items – from home appliances and home furniture, to medical, mobility and learning aids – that are still useful and in good working condition to the needy under Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO). If you’ve got anything to give away, you can post it on Pass-It-On’s website or donate requested items. Collection of items can be arranged with the VWOs directly.
The Salvation Army
Unwanted goods like electronic devices, books and furniture from your home or office can help local communities in an important and practical way. Just drop them off at any Salvation Army Donation In Kind booths, and the charity’s social enterprise arm, Red Shield Industries, will process them and retail those in good condition at their Family Stores located all over the island.
Junk To Clear
This company doesn’t just help people clear junk by adhering to the ‘3 Rs’ – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – it also donates items that are in good condition to needy families. If you urgently need to get rid of something and you don’t have time to consider how, why or where it will go, these are your guys – they’ll pick up everything and anything on the same day, for a fee based on the services required.
New2U Thrift Shop
Set up by the Singapore Council of Women Organisations in 2000, this thrift shop sells unwanted items to raise money for charity. While it doesn’t accept electrical goods or large items of furniture, pre-loved clothes, shoes, accessories, books, toys, crockery and utensils are most welcome.
Blessings in a Bag
This organisation collects donated items – from food, toys and books to electronics and gift vouchers – at its donation drives and distributes them to low-opportunity, under-resourced people in Singapore. There is a list of specific items for specific causes that you could browse through to see if you have what is required from those in need.
Uplift Project Singapore
Calling all ladies! If you want to get rid of unwanted new or pre-loved bras or undergarments, donate them to Uplift Project. Uplift collects these items and sends them to women from disadvantaged communities via women’s groups.
Food Bank Singapore
Do you still have unwanted food items lying around the house after packing but don’t know how to dispose of them? To solve this problem, donate them to Food Bank instead of throwing them away! All kinds of non-perishable, unopened, unused food is accepted (provided it has at least four weeks of shelf life) at collection points all around Singapore.
H&M Garment Collection
H&M started a garment collection initiative in 2013 that allows you to drop off unwanted clothes – no matter the brand or condition – at any H&M store. The company’s recycling partner, I:Collect (I:CO), gathers and sorts them into the ‘3 Rs’ for a fee after, which is then donated to H&M Foundation, a non-profit global organisation, and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, a local charity.
Dignity Mama Stall
Drop off any unwanted books (except encyclopedias, pre-tertiary textbooks, magazines and comics) at one of the three Dignity Mama Stall drop-off locations: Dignity Kitchen, National University Hospital and Ng Teng Fong Hospital. They’ll then be sorted and sold as pre-loved books at super reasonable prices.
Action for Singapore Dogs
If you have extra dog supplies like food and medication, and would love to help stray and fostered dogs, you could donate them to this non-profit organisation. Just send an email or call to enquire!