Reduce and reuse
Less waste saves you money and helps the environment by reducing the amount of rubbish we send for incineration (to generate electricity).
The best thing we can do with waste is not to produce it in the first place!
As consumers we can use our purchasing power and choose products which are produced sustainably, use little or no packaging and are durable. Buying only what we really need also helps to reverse the trend of today’s throw-away society.
Textiles and small electricals home collection service
The clothes charity TRAID offer free home collections for clothes and small electrical items which are then sent direct to the charity.
- paired shoes
Collections are made at a time convenient to you so donations are not left outside vulnerable to theft and bad weather. Donations should be in good condition to be resold in their charity shops.
All TRAID asks is that people using this service have a minimum donation of at least one large bin liner sized bag.
Find out how to claim a £45 voucher by coming to one of our Nappy Natter sessions.
Garden waste and home composting
Up to 30 per cent of our household waste could be composted. Find out how to claim a subsidised compost bin.
A to Z of materials
Search the Recycle Recycle Western Riverside website A to Z for reuse and reduction tips by material.
Reuse means passing something you no longer want on to others, or giving an item a new lease of life as something completely different.
Either way, reusing your waste saves you money and helps the environment, by reducing the amount of rubbish you send to landfill.
Donate unwanted furniture and household items
Book a free collection to donate your unwanted furniture, small electrical items and bric-a-brac with the British Heart Foundation.
Freegle is a great alternative to pass on your unwanted items to someone else. Hammersmith and Fulham Freegle was founded in 2006 and has many thousands of members involved in finding new owners for unwanted items. Items can be listed for others to collect, you can browse items that are being given away and you can ask the community if anyone has something that you are looking for.
Share and donate
Find out about Streetbank, a local enterprise that brings neighbours together by sharing items, ideas and initiatives.
Here are some ideas of how you can reuse your items:
- Garden waste and composting – find out how to get a discount on a compost bin.
- Real nappies – find out how to claim a £45 voucher by coming to our Nappy Natters sessions.
- Swap events – swap your unwanted baby items, clothes, shoes, books, toys, bags, CDs and DVDs.
- Clothes, shoes and textile reuse and recycling – donate to charity or organise your own 'Swishing' party.
- Online exchange - find out what can be reused at the reuse and recycling centres.
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