WHY: Reusing items by sharing them with neighbours, donating them to charity and community groups, selling them on eBay or repairing them all reduces waste. Use a product more than once, either for the same purpose or a different one. Reusing is preferable to recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.
A comprehensive A-Z of reuse guides can be found on the West London Waste website, but for a few ideas read on…
WHAT CAN I REUSE:
- Plastic bags
- Glass and plastic containers
- Using durable coffee mugs
- Using cloth napkins or towels
- Refilling bottles
- Donating old magazines or surplus equipment
- Reusing boxes
- Turning empty jars into containers
- Purchasing refillable pens and pencils
- Participating in a paint collection and reuse programme
- Bringing your own old carrier bags when shopping or even better a canvas shopping bag or basket
- Using your old shopping bags as a bin liner
- Using organic waste as compost
- Buying recycled paper
- Taking old clothes to a charity shop (e.g. Age UK, Alexandra House)
- Sharing items (e.g. tools and DVDs) with neighbours through StreetBank
- Donating good quality furniture that you no longer require to local charities e.g. Hounslow Furniture Recycling Project , tel. 020 8814 2225.
- Using modern washable nappies.
- Giving away that special something for free rather than throw it away: Hounslow Freecycle and Freegle.
- Swapping or giving away old books. A number of rail stations, such as Acton Central Overgrand, and other public places now have bookshelves where you can leave and take books,
- Visiting Reuze to find out more about how, what and where to recycle in the UK
- Taking unwanted paint to pass onto schools and community groups Community Re-paint (020 8813 3181)