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Scrap metal
Can usually be sold to scrap metal merchants. You can also take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Sewing machines and Sewing Accessories (scissors, tape measures, needles, thread etc)
Some are all accepted by Tools for Self Reliance. Further details are provided on their website.

Some charity shops accept them, please see our Charity Shop Reuse Map, or they can be recycled in the clothes banks at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre and some Recycle Points.

Most opticians will accept old spectacles for repair and shipment to Third World countries.

Many charities benefit from the donation of stamps, contact your favourite charity to see if they can benefit from reusing them.

If you have a question about resources or recycling in Cumbria call our helpline on  0300 003 1118
or email us at  wastepermits@cumbria.gov.uk
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