Why to Reuse
* Reuse keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
* Reuse creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
* Reuse results in less hazardous waste
* Reuse saves money in purchases and disposal costs
* Reuse creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality
Things you can Reuse
Carrier bags Carrier bags can be reused in the shops or as bin bags around the house. Paper bags also make useful wrapping paper.
Envelopes By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes. Alternatively, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to make notes on.
Jars and pots By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends
Newspaper, cardboard and bubble wrap Make useful packing material when moving house or to store items.
Mobile phones Mobile phones are valuable to many charities. They could sell them as a source of revenue or send them to be used in developing countries where there is a great demand for mobile phones due to poor communication systems.
Spectacles Donate unbroken spectacles to organisations that send them to people in developing countries.
Packaging Such as foil and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be use in art and craft projects.
Scrap paper Can be used to make notes and sketches. Don't forget to recycle it when you no longer need it.
Used wood Can be used in woodcrafts for making objects such as a spice rack or a bird table. Alternatively it could be used as firewood.
Old Electrical Equipment Donate old electrical equipment to schools or community centers so that others can reuse them.
Donate Old Clothes and Books Other people can reuse your unwanted clothes and books when you donate them to charity shops.
Car-boot Sale Have a car-boot sale and get rid of some unwanted items. Other people may find a use for them, plus it gives you the opportunity to earn some extra cash.