Reuse, repair and upcycle

Many of the things we throw away haven’t reached the end of their lives and could still be useful. Before putting something in the recycling or general waste bin, ask yourself the following questions:

  • can this be repaired?
  • is there another way that I could use this item around my home?
  • could someone else in my local community find a use for this item?

If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then reconsider throwing it away.

Repairing and reusing items instead of throwing them away is good for the environment and can save you money. Here’s how to get started:  

  • rehome things you no longer need with Freegle, Olio and Freecycle
  • think about borrowing instead of buying, visit your local library for books, dvds and other media such as online magazine subscriptions 
  • reuse isn’t just about the product you are buying, think about eliminating single use products from your life and trying reusables instead
  • shopping bags, drinks bottles, coffee cups and nappies are just a few examples that are available as reusable items
  • opt for refills where available such as at dedicated, zero-waste refill shops or just when refilling your water bottle when on the go

View our zero waste map below to find local community groups, organisations and businesses that can help you waste less.

If you are a local business offering repairs, second hand items or other zero waste opportunities, or if you’ve recently used a service that you recommend for inclusion on this page, please get in touch today to be added to the maps. Email business details to