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.
Check the West London Waste website for information on reuse, and 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 Overground, and other public places now have bookshelves where you can leave and take books.
- Taking unwanted paint to pass onto schools and community groups Community Re-paint (0117 914 3452)