It was hearing about the devastating effects of plastic on marine animals and sea birds such as the albatross that kick started our own zero waste journey.
Dying at a rate of around one every five minutes, the albatross family is becoming threatened faster than any other family of birds. Eighteen of the 22 species of albatross are globally threatened with extinction.
So what better way for us to put our old stamps to good use than through the RSPB’s “save the albatross” campaign? Their stamp appeal is one of the largest and in 2008 raised over £10,000.
You can send loose stamps; which are sent to a stamp dealer who works with various charities, or stamp albums which are sent to auction houses.
Send loose stamps direct to their dealer (preferably in 2 kilo quantities or above) to
PO Box 6198,
Send albums or special collections to:
Save the Albatross Stamp Appeal (Special Stamps and Albums),
Alternatively, hand deliver stamps to any of the RSPB nature reserves.
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss.
Every day almost 100 people in the UK will start to lose their sight and right now, RNIB can only reach one in three of the people who need help.
You can help raise funds by donating your British and foreign stamps.
Stamps sent to the RNIB are sorted by volunteers, then sold to dealers or collectors.
The RNIB ask that you cut stamps off the envelopes, leaving 1cm of envelope around each stamp. Then sort them into UK or foreign stamps and send to
RNIB Stamp Recycling
PO Box 185
Why not put a collection bin in your local school, church hall or place of work?
Oxfam is a global movement of dedicated people fighting poverty. From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts, Oxfam fights poverty and delivers help to the people who need it most.
Your used stamps or old stamp collections can be donated to any Oxfam shop. Oxfam has around 50 specialist stamp departments, run by experienced and knowledgeable volunteers. All stamps are carefully valued and priced to help raise funds for their charity work and campaigns.
Care and Relief for the young
Care and Relief for the young (CRY) is a Christian charity dedicated to caring for disadvantaged, destitute and suffering children, young people and their families. CRY aims to rescue and restore young lives broken by poverty, oppression, exclusion and abuse and to provide appropriate opportunities for a better future.
CRY work with street kids, children at risk, children’s homes, education, health promotion, agriculture, HIV/AIDS, day centres, drug rehab, family programmes and support for war orphans across the world.
CRY welcomes all gifts of used postage stamps which are sorted and sold on eBay to raise funds.
Sort your stamps into UK and foreign, trim around the stamp if necessary and send to
CRY Stamps and Collectables,
27 High Street,
or take in to your local CRY charity shop.
If you’re a stamp collector you can help CRY buy purchasing stamps from them at their online eBay store.
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 including blood screening and postoperative care after sterilisation – which is vital to ensure the survival of the animals.
Denize returned from a two-week trip to the sanctuary in Sri Lanka in March 2012 and had the most amazing experience. She writes “Whilst out there I could see the enormity of the project and how inconsistent volunteer help is. They get their fair share of vets and vet nurses but it’s people like you and me they need out there, whether for a few days or a few weeks.”
Stamps should be sent to:
Animal SOS Sri Lanka
64 Fair Acres
Bucks HP16 0LE
e-mail: [email protected]
“When sending stamps please ensure the correct postage is put on bulky envelopes, as charities cannot afford to pay to retrieve them from the sorting office if insufficient postage is put on“.
What about you? Do you know of any other charities that can help you recycle your stamps?