Recycle/reuse…

  • Recycle Recycle everything that can possibly be recycled:  plastics, paper and cardboard, glass, tins. Have a look at Recycle Now for help with what to recycle and where. To recycle clothes check out Love Your Clothes.
  • If you wonder what the symbols on packaging mean, and what they tell you about whether you can recycle it or not, Recycle Now can help you with that too.
  • Start a compost heap / wormery for your food waste – the compost will act as a great, natural fertiliser for the soil. See Garden Organic to help you get started. And if you have left over beer after a party pour a small amount on your compost – the yeast gives beneficial microbes a boost, and the beer is a good source of nitrogen – so your compost parties too 🙂
  • Before you compost your vegetable kitchen scraps have a look at this post to see if you can use them to re-grow new plants from the bits you would have thrown away. You might even be able to start them growing in your old egg shells – check out these 9 unusual uses for egg shells.
  • Buy clothes from charity shops so that it is a charity benefiting from your spending, not a sweatshop. And donate your old clothes / furniture so that someone else can benefit rather than going to landfill. Use this tool to find shops close to you.
  • Use re-chargeable batteries wherever possible and recycle old, non-reusable ones. Anywhere that sells new batteries should provide recycling points for old batteries (e.g. at supermarkets, electrical stores).
  • Always take your own reusable bags shopping with you.
  • If you’ve finished some home decorating and still have some paint leftover, either full or part-used tins, why not donate it to someone else who can put it to good use via the Community RePaint network?
  • Do you grow your own plants? Are you ever able to use all the seeds you get in a pack? Don’t let them go to waste – why not get involved in seed swapping? The Soil Association has a Seed Swap Map to help you identify a place to swap near you.
  • Use Recycle4Charity to recycle your old printer cartridges and mobile phones, or support Global Justice Now by clicking here.
  • Consider signing up to the organ donor register and/or donating some blood. See Flesh and Blood for details about why and how.
  • If you have got lots of bits and pieces that you want to find a new home for, it is likely that your neighbours do too. Therefore what about setting up a Jumble Trail in your street? A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street, communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever. The whole thing is coordinated online at jumbletrail.com providing visitors with a colour coded map to explore the treasure on sale in your neighbourhood.
  • If you’ve been on a trip of a lifetime back-packing across the world, and you don’t think you’ll ever get the chance again, Gift Your Gear, and make sure your kit gets a new lease of life. Gift Your Gear provides donated outdoor clothing and equipment to community organisations, youth groups & charities working with young people in the outdoors.
  • What can you do with tools that are too broken to use but too good to throw away? This problem is solved in a stroke with Tools Shed, The Conservation Foundation’s tools for schools recycling project, run in association with HM Prisons, has given away thousands of tools, given new skills to prisoners and saved tonnes of waste.

 

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