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School Uniform Reuse Scheme

What do you do with your old school uniform?  Don’t just dispose of it. Why not reuse it, to make a real difference to the environment and a local family? 

Mid Ulster District Council has teamed up with three local cancer charities, NI Hospice, Magherafelt; Marie Curie, Cookstown and Cancer Research, Dungannon to set up a school uniform reuse scheme for Mid Ulster.

The scheme will give local families the chance to buy quality pre-owned school uniforms at a fraction of the cost of a new one. While also reducing waste, increasing reuse and helping fund these worthy charities.

It can cost families up to £300 per child to buy a new school uniform and this can be a huge financial burden to low income families or large families who have multiple uniforms to buy.

It is hoped this scheme will relieve that burden on at least a few families.

The scheme is open to all. Anyone can donate and anyone can benefit. The more donations we receive the more families who can benefit from the scheme.

The scheme caters for all ages, including nursery, primary and post-primary and we also accept PE kit and sports gear.

Donation / Drop Off Points

The Council has in place separate uniform reuse banks at its three main household recycling centres in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt to collect the uniforms donated and all the uniforms donated will go to our partner charities for reuse and resale.

Resale Points

For the purposes of the scheme the Council has partnered with the charity outlets below, where the donated uniforms will be available for resale at a fraction of the cost of a new item, on a first come, first served basis.

  • NI Hospice Shop, The Diamond Centre, Market Street, Magherafelt, BT45 6ED 

  • Marie Curie, 29 James Street, Cookstown, BT80 8AA

  • Cancer Research, 33 Market Square, Dungannon, BT70 1JD

The quantity of uniforms available will depend on the donations received.

Other charity outlets may also have school uniforms available for resale and some schools also run their own uniform reuse schemes. Check with your own school to see if they run their own scheme.

For further information contact Mid Ulster District Council’s waste and recycling team at or call us on 03000 132 132.