Reuse shop at Thorn Turn Household Waste Recycling Centre (Tidy Tip) Houghton Regis

A bright and welcoming reuse shop at Thorn Turn, featuring various second-hand items neatly displayed for purchase. The shop is part of Central Bedfordshire's recycling initiative, promoting the reuse of goods in good condition.

Donate unwanted items in good condition to our Reuse shop. Here, you can buy donated goods for a small cost. The shop is also open to non-Central Bedfordshire residents.


Thorn Turn Household Waste Recycling Centre
Grendall Lane

Opening hours

Open 9am until 5pm, 7 days a week, including bank holidays (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)

What items will the shop accept/sell?

You can donate items for our Reuse Shop at any of our tidy tips. Please speak to our team at the tidy tip if you would like to donate items that you think could be reused.

We can accept items in a reusable condition including:

  • bags and luggage
  • soft furnishings (with a valid fire safety label)
  • furniture (large and small items with a valid fire safety label)
  • bicycles, bike racks
  • sports equipment (except safety equipment)
  • books
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • clocks
  • picture frames and mirrors
  • kitchenware (e.g. crockery and cutlery)
  • games (non-electronic)
  • toys (no mains-powered)
  • garden furniture
  • tools

Please note: All stuffed furniture and soft furnishings must have a valid fire safety label.

What items won’t the shop accept/sell?

  • clothing and shoes
  • electrical and mains-powered items
  • VHS tapes
  • furniture and soft furnishings without a valid fire safety label
  • gas appliances and gas bottles
  • household chemicals
  • items that use fuel – petrol-powered lawn mowers and strimmers etc.
  • safety items (e.g. ladders, child seats, safety harnesses, prams, buggies, crash helmets and cycle helmets etc.)
  • weapons (e.g. knives, guns and swords etc.)
  • items that cannot be reused

Please note: If an item isn’t listed, please ask the site staff if it can be accepted. If donating in person at Thorn Turn, it will be at the reuse shop manager’s discretion as to whether an item is of good enough quality to sell. Any items which haven’t been priced and placed in the shop are not for sale.

Payment and shop security

All purchases can only be made on-site with the following debit or credit cards: Barclaycard, Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard, Maestro, and Apple Pay.

CCTV will be in operation at all times.