Reuse hints and tips
If the item you wish to dispose of is in a good condition and could be reused by someone else, consider donating it to a reuse organisation such as Furniture Link. Furniture Link in Letchworth is a charity that refurbishes and sells unwanted furniture. Furniture Link accepts all types of household furniture including beds, mattresses (must be clean), tables, chairs and sofas (with regulation fire safety labels).
All items can be bought by the general public. Those on specific benefits are eligible for a third off the display price.
Items can be collected from you by Furniture Link free of charge on weekdays, but there are some restrictions on items that can be accepted e.g. no gas appliances. Alternatively you can deliver items to their showroom - please call them first to make sure it is an item they can accept. For more details about Furniture Link contact them on 01462 683800 or visit Furniture Link.
Community Paint Scheme organised by Ecowaste in partnership with NHDC is a useful website for recycling unused or excess paint and are supporting the reuse paint initiative by inviting you to reuse paint they have accumulated through their recycling scheme.
Hints and tips
The following tips will not only help to reduce your waste but also save you money!
- Use both sides of paper to write on, and reuse wrapping paper.
- Find new uses for items e.g. cut up plastic bottles to make pots for plants.
- Take unwanted items to car boot sales or sell on internet reuse sites.
- When appropriate, repair items such as electrical appliances, clothes, shoes, toys etc.
- Borrow or rent DVDs and books from libraries, colleagues, rental shops rather than buying them.
- Set up a book swap box at work. Alternatively you can use BookCrossing.com.
- Old clothes that are beyond repair can be cut into rags to use around the house for cleaning.
- Keep used plastic takeaway containers to use as food storage containers.
- Save old jam jars and use them as paint pots or to hold items such as paper clips etc.
- Borrow toys from a toy library.
- Give gifts in reusable bags or boxes.
- Reuse envelopes (especially 'jiffy' bags) with reusable envelope labels.
- Hold a Clothes Swap or a Give and Take event - a group of friends or a local community group can get together to exchange items such as clothes, books, houseware etc. If you would like some ideas on how to run such an event contact the waste management team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01462 474000.