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Stamp out waste

When you receive post, don’t throw away the stamps – recycle them and help one of the many charities and organisations who collect them.

Below lists some of the main stamp collecting schemes in the UK.

Please note 
Charities and organisations request that you leave approximately 1cm of paper around each stamp and separate UK from foreign/ overseas stamps.

The Brittle Bone Society collects and then sells on all types of used stamps.

Send stamps (you can also send coins and postcards to this address, the older the better!) to:

Mrs M Price
57 Mount Pleasant
West Glamorgan


Stamps can also be sent to The BBS directly.


The Brittle Bone Society
Grant-Paterson House
30 Guthrie Street

(Please ensure when sending your stamps that you have the correct postage on the envelope and include your name and postal address for future correspondence.) 

To help raise vital funds for hearing dogs for deaf people, send your used stamps direct to their dealer marked Hearing Dogs for Deaf People at:

PO Box 6198
Leighton Buzzard

The dealer doesn’t have the facilities to be able to acknowledge your gift – but rest assured every stamp you send plays a part in enabling them to help more deaf people and unwanted dogs.

In 2005 you helped support the first ‘stamp’ dog, Becks (Beckham), a spaniel from a litter of puppies all named for the 2004 England football team. Since then the charity have supported 5 more hearing dogs – Penny (a black Labrador), Womble (a black and white mongrel), Flynn (a Duck Tolling Retriever), Woody (a Labrador x Poodle) and Marti (a Cocker Spaniel x Poodle).

The Hearing Dogs For Deaf People fundraisers in Scotland are raising funds from picture postcards as well as stamps. The card and stamp on it have to be left intact as the dealer has a special method of deleting address details and ensuring privacy. Empty printer cartridges and unwanted mobile phones can also be sent to help raise money.  

For every kilo of stamps that is recycled, Leukaemia CARE receives a donation of £3 (if they are British stamps) or £13 (if they are foreign).

Please send your used stamps to:

Leukaemia Care Stamp Appeal 
PO Box 638
PO14 9JJ 

Leukaemia CARE also recycling ink cartridges, mobile phones and jewellery.


Oxfam collect stamps and they can be dropped of at any Oxfam second hand shop, albums and collections are particularly welcome, but they accept all used stamps (foreign or UK).

Coins, banknotes and other collectables such as medals and badges can be also donated to any Oxfam shop.

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) 
The RNIB are hoping to raise at least £20,000 over this financial year! They have only raised £11,818 so far and are drastically down on last years total at this time. The equivalent of 1,818 kilos of UK stamps is required, which is approximately 6,000 stamps per kilo!

Stamps should be separated into three categories, British, pre-decimal and foreign.

Stamps cut out correctly can be sent directly to the buyer at:

PO Box 6198
Leighton Buzzard

Sending directly raises 25% more money.

01268 565646

RSPB Save The Albatross
Longline fishing is having a devastating impact on albatross populations across the world - 19 out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction.

The success of this campaign will depend on your support and you can help them raise even more by sending them the used stamps from your post, which they can sell.

They can raise money from ALL types of stamps – whether they are used or un-used, UK, foreign or even first day covers. For example, they raise up to £3.50 per kg for UK stamps and £12.50 per kg for foreign stamps.

If possible, please separate UK and foreign stamps when you give them to the RSPB.

Post your stamps to:

RSPB Stamps
PO Box 6198
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 9XT.

People wanting to donate first-day covers or stamp albums can send them to:

Save the Albatross Stamp Appeal (Special Stamps and Albums)
The Lodge
SG19 2DL

If you have a large number of stamps, the most economic way for you to get them to the RSPB, is to combine delivering them with a great day out to one of their nature reserves. You can see some fabulous birds, enjoy the countryside and help the albatross all in one go. A list of the nature reserves that will take stamps can be found to the right of the page linked below.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution collect stamps for fundraising.

Stamps can be sent to a local volunteer at the following address:


RNLI stamps
c/o Lara
7 Speddwell
Devon TQ5 9MJ

Smilie's Network

Smilie's Network is a support group for children suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease and their families. It is part of the national charity Crohn's and Colitis UK (NACC). 
Smilie's Network need used postage stamps which help towards funding their Fun Days and activities.


Stamps should be sent to:


Stamps for Smilie's
28 Orwell Drive
HP21 9JN


More information can be found on their website


The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland 
The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland raises money to help make a difference to the lives of people affected by leprosy.


Stamps should be sent to:

The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland

Lagan House

Queen's Road


Northern Ireland

BT27 4TZ

T: 028 9262 9500



Animal SOS Sri Lanka
Animal SOS Sri Lanka is a UK registered charity who receives £5 per kilo for UK stamps recycled and £19 per kilo for world stamps. This goes some way to funding their vital work with the stray animals in Sri Lanka. Animal SOS Sri Lanka own a 4-acre plot in south Sri Lanka which is an emergency veterinary clinic to treat sick and injured stray animals and a safe-haven for the vulnerable and abused. Any funding enables them to save the lives of many otherwise doomed animals, providing high standards of veterinary care inclding blood screening and postoperative care after sterilisation - which is vital to ensure the survival of the animals.


Stamps should be sent to:

Animal SOS Sri Lanka
64 Fair Acres
Great Missenden
Bucks HP16 0LE



The FASD Trust 
The FASD Trust collect stamps for fundraising. For more information, see their website

Stamps can be sent to the following address:

The FASD Trust
Studio One
Sheep Street
Tel: 01608 811599

01743 343403