ReuseWHY: 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…


  • Plastic bags
  • Glass and plastic containers
  • Nappies
  • Furniture
  • Clothes…..


  • 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. William Wilberforce Trust or Hounslow Furniture Recycling Project (020 8744 0615)
  • Using modern washable nappies. Find out more about the Real Nappy Scheme and you can save money and the environment.
  • Giving away that special something for free rather than throw it away: Hounslow Freecycle  and Hounslow Freegle
  • Swapping or giving away old books by Book Crossing at Docking Station or using the Read It Swap It! – Book Swap Shop
  • 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)

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