Donate your used stamps

By recycling used postage stamps you can help beat sight loss faster – and it’s free and easy to do! 

We are still able to recycle stamps through COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. 

How it works

We can recycle all types of postage stamps except for pre-printed post office mailing labels and franking machine labels or postage. Stamp collections are also most gratefully received and treated with great respect.

We sell stamps by weight and receive £20 for every kilogram of donated stamps.

If you are in the UK please follow these three simple steps:

Step 1

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Order your pre-paid collection envelopes or boxes by completing the online form.

Step 2

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Collect your used postage stamps as letters and cards come through your letterbox. There is no need to sort stamps, but it does help if they are separated by UK and international (note that Channel Island stamps count as international). Please also ensure that you leave approximately 1cm of envelope or packaging around each stamp.

Step 3

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Place your stamps in your pre-paid envelope or collection box, attach our pre-paid address label and pop it in the post. 

That's it - we'll do the rest!

If you are outside the UK

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Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the free stamps collection/envelope service outside the UK. If you would still like to support us by donating your used stamps, we would be delighted to receive them. Please send them directly to our broker, addressing your envelope as follows: Sight Research UK Stamps Appeal, 272 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JR, United Kingdom.

Thank you so much – every stamp helps towards beating sight loss.

How many stamps are you donating?

If you have less than 3kg of stamps, you can send them through the post using our materials as per step 3 above. If you have more than 3kg of stamps, you can arrange a courier collection from your home completely free of charge by calling our postage sorting partner, Xchange Master, on 0141 328 9357.

Do used stamps really help?

Yes, they do! Every day, 250 more people are told that they are losing their sight. That’s one person every six minutes.

With your help, we can support more research to find new treatments and prevention options for eye diseases in both children and adults, and help beat sight loss faster.

Please spread the word about this very easy way of supporting eye research. Encourage your work colleagues, faith communities, schools, friends, family and neighbours to send in their used stamps too.

You can download a stamp appeal poster here to tell others about your stamp collection for Sight Research UK.

Used stamps collection poster

No downloads currently available.

For more information, please see our FAQs.

Thank you so much for your support!