B&Q community re-use scheme

Article date
4 January 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

DIY stores B&Q operate a community re-use scheme through all its branches in the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the community and the environment. The types of material includes:

  • Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets
  • Plastic plant pots and trays
  • Damaged or part filled cans of paint.
  • Broken tiles and slabs
  • Ends of wallpaper rolls
  • Plants that are not in peak condition and other compostable materials
  • Old products that have been written off

If your charity, community group, college or school would like to find out more, contact your local store and ask to speak to a duty manager. Your details will be added to their database of community groups. When a B&Q store has something to donate, they will use this list to get in touch with groups in their area. It is expected that materials donated will not be sold on – and that the group collecting will take responsibility for responsible disposal if necessary.

The community groups they have worked with on the re-use scheme have included:
  • Community garden projects
  • Registered charities
  • Schools and colleges
  • Community Repaint
  • Youth groups, Scouts and Guides
  • Hospices
  • Preschool groups and registered child minders
For further information

Go to the B&Q website.