New app could help a city charity this Christmas

This week we’re looking at how we can avoid flytipping after the festive season.

With Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to think about how to get rid of all the unwanted stuff we may end up with.

St Luke’s Hospice, our chosen charity, has signed up to the Gone for Good app which makes it easy to donate larger goods to them.

The charity collects most household furniture, kitchen appliances and small electrical items free of charge if they are in good condition.

The organisation – our charity of the year – also accepts gardening tools, equipment and scrap metal at their distribution centre in Plympton by arrangement.

Any donated items that can’t be sold in their shops will be recycled where possible and all funds will be used to help fund care for people at the end of their lives.

Mike Picken, Head of Retail at St Luke’s, said: “January is always a busy time for us on the donation front with the community taking the opportunity to make room for all the new items they received for Christmas.

“If your item is of good quality and in working order, then donating to your local charity shop is the most responsible way of giving it a new home.

“Last year we signed up to a new app called Gone for Good where if you have a larger item, you can take a picture, choose a charity and once accepted by the charity, arrange for collection.

“It’s perfect for large units, sofas and beds, as long as the items are in good condition and meet all the fire and safety regulations. It really is simple and reduces items going to landfill.”

You can download the Gone for Good app or call St Luke’s on 01752 964455.

Tomorrow, in the final part of our series on flytipping, we look at what happens when people are caught dumping their bulky goods.