From refillable detergent bottles and shampoo to recycled cartons, free little library, charity shops and now swap shop – there are a number of ways Wakefield’s community hub at The Ridings Shopping Centre is helping eco-conscious customers to recycle, reuse and reduce their carbon footprint.

As you enter the centre from Kirkgate, you will see the British Heart Foundation where you can donate or buy second hand furniture. Our first stop just up from there is Superdrug where you can recycle medication packages, then further along is Eco-baby where you can donate or buy preloved baby goods and donate bras too. 

Then it’s Swap Shop time – a new initiative from The Ridings Shopping Centre designed to support the community and the environment. 

Swap shop

We know how clothes can cost the earth with fast fashion being one of the highest polluting industries in the world, aside from oil and gas. So it’s important to reduce our waste as much as possible and what better way to that than this new space which incorporates the Free Little Library (book swap), a clothes exchange and seating area… 70s style. 

You will be able to borrow, swap or bring in items you no longer want, but other people may find useful!

But before this new initiative is ready to launch they need your help and let’s face it we all need a good declutter. 

They need donations to add to the items they already have, they are looking for:

👉 Books

👉 Magazines


👉 Board games

👉 CDs

👉 DVDs

👉 Albums / vinyl

👉 Computer console games


Donations can be left at the customer service lounge on the upper mall next to Boots. 

On your way up you also pass Morrisons where you can donate to your local food bank or recycle old batteries too.

Across from the Customer Services you’ll find Created in Yorkshire where you can buy refillable shampoos, soap and fabric conditioner as well as up-cycled products. 


Wakefield Antiques Centre is also full of quirky vintage treats. 


Along your way through the mall you’ll see “Makey Wakey” signs which features a cultural hubbub of arts, third sector organisations and creative offerings, run by The Arthouse.  

One of the suppliers to some of these organisations is Crafting for Good CIC which reuses and recycles craft supplies. 


You’ll also see recycling bins throughout the centre and a range of craft and vinyl fayres as well as the Wakefield Hospice shop. 


Where will be your first stop?


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