Contact your local authority to find out what you can recycle where
What does ‘reuse’ mean?
Put simply reuse means using an object or material again and again, either for its original purpose or for a similar purpose.
Reuse is not recycling, because recycling alters the physical form of an object or material. Reuse prevents objects and materials from becoming waste.
Some items are specifically designed to be reused e.g. rechargeable batteries or ‘real nappies’.
Even if you have unwanted items in your home it is very likely they can be reused by someone else once you have finished with them e.g. clothes, books and furniture.
Reusing items is a good thing to do because it:
- extends the life of materials saving the Earths natural resources
- saves energy which helps to reduce the risk of climate change
- reduces the amount of waste you send to landfill
- saves you money
Here are some simple ideas of how you can reuse items as part of your everyday life: