About Homebase

Welcome to Homebase

Here you can read a brief introduction to Homebase and learn a little about our charitable partner.

About Homebase

Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer selling over 50,000 products for the home and garden.

It has more than 260 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland serving around 64 million customers a year, and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. 

Easier shopping for customers with disabilities

We're committed to making our stores and services accessible to everyone. If you need any help shopping with us, please give us a call on 0345 077 8888 or ask in store and we'll do everything we can to make things easier. Information on access to facilities at all our stores is available on www.directenquiries.com *

Homebase and recycling

Disposal of electrical waste products

As part of our kitchen installation service, Homebase will collect and recycle your old large kitchen appliance (excluding fridges and freezers) as part of the complete installation project. You can take all your other waste electrical goods for recycling to your local council site (and avoid damaging the environment and the potential harmful effects on health).

Look out for the crossed out wheelie bin symbol on electrical goods. The symbol means that you should not put this item in your normal household waste bin.

Not all council sites are suitable to collect all types of waste electrical goods, but to find out your nearest participating site, www.recycle-more.co.uk *.


Waste batteries can be returned to our stores free of charge, using the small waste battery bins in store. Batteries should never be put in general household waste or recycling bins - look out for the crossed out wheelie bin symbol on the packaging or the battery itself.

Waste packaging

Most waste packaging can be recycled. www.recyclenow.com * has got lots of tips on what to do with waste packaging. Cardboard boxes are easy to squash flat and recycle!

Carrier bags

We are very happy to provide a plastic carrier bag if you need one. Please reuse our carrier bags as often as possible and when you've finished with them, look out for a local recycling scheme or dispose of them safely so that they don't cause a litter problem.

Click to view information relating to carrier bag charges in Wales and Scotland.


If you have an item of furniture that you no longer need following your purchase from Homebase, there is a charity near you that can put it to good use ; Local charities take unwanted furniture and make it available for people on low incomes ; A national helpline is run by the Furniture Re-use Network or you can look for groups on the internet.

Helpline number: 0845 602 8003. Website: www.frn.org.uk.*


Unfortunately it is virtually impossible to purchase the exact amount of paint required to complete a project, which means the customer is usually faced with the problem of how to dispose of the excess. To try to help our customers purchase a suitable quantity, all of our own brand paints carry coverage guides and the products are also available in different size packs.

Some of the ingredients used in the formulation of painsh could be harmful to the environment if they are not disposed of correctly. The following guidelines may be helpful:

  • Remove as much product as possible from the brushes, roller or paint pad before cleaning.
  • Do not empty waste paint into drains, watercourses or access routes to septic tanks.
  • Store products correctly - replace lids firmly and store in a dry place away from extreme temperatures to prolong their shelf life.
  • Donate leftover paint to friends, self-help or community groups.
  • Take leftover paint to the local household waste disposal site. For further advice on disposal, contact the recycling officer at your local council.
CFL lamps

All energy saving light bulbs (CFLs) should be treated as hazardous waste and should not be disposed of in the bin. All local councils have an obligation to make arrangements for the disposal of household hazardous waste at a civic amenity site or household waste recycling centre.

Although the accidental breakage of a lamp is most unlikely to cause any health problems, it’s good practice to minimise any unnecessary exposure to mercury, as well as risk of cuts from glass fragments.

Revised advice issued by the Health Protection Agency* is to:

  • Ventilate the room

  • Wipe the area with a damp cloth, place that in the plastic bag and seal it

  • Sticky tape (e.g. duct tape or similar) can be used to pick up small residual pieces or powder from soft furnishings and then placed in a sealed plastic bag. The plastic bag doesn't need to be air tight, but should be reasonably sturdy.

Place it in another, similar bag and seal that one as well (this minimises cuts from broken glass).

The public should contact the local authority for advice on where to dispose of broken or intact CFLs as they should be treated as hazardous waste and should not be disposed of in the bin. All local councils have an obligation to make arrangements for the disposal of household hazardous waste at a civic amenity site or household waste recycling centre. The National Household Hazardous Waste Forum runs a website with details of these centres for chemicals, but which also applies to other hazardous wastes (http://www.chemtrust.org.uk *). Alternatively contact your local council direct.


We're committed to ensuring all our timber conforms to the highest standards of sustainability. For detailed information on our policies, please click here

Homebase in the community

Homebase is proud to have chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as their Charity of the Year 2015-2017.

Visit our Charity Page here

By working together, colleagues from Homebase will help Macmillan, and its sister charities, to support people with cancer.

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything.

Donations make up 98% of our income, so we simply couldn't do what we do without you – see our annual reports for a transparent overview of how we spend our money or make a donation today.

We are Macmillan. Cancer support 

We are the nurses helping you through treatment. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The fundraisers who make it all possible. The community supporting you online, any time.

No one should face cancer alone. We want to reach and improve the lives of  every one of those people.

You can help in the following ways:
  • Fundraising: Look out for fundraising activities in your local Homebase store. Check out the Macmillan site to find fund raising events near you.
  • Online donation: You can make a donation on-line now, please use the donate button below

Donate now 

For support, information and helpline details, please visit macmillan.org.uk

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