Reuse everyday items

Many items found around the home can be used for different purposes. So before you throw those items away, think about how they can be reused. Below are some suggestions of how to reuse those everyday bits and pieces.

Reusable Items

Plastic Bag

Carrier bags and twist ties. Carrier bags can be reused in the shops or as bin bags around the house. Paper bags make useful wrapping paper and twist ties can be used to secure loose items together, such as computer wires.
Mail

Envelopes By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes. Alternatively, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to make notes on.
Jar

Jars and pots. By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends.
Newspaper

Newspaper, cardboard and bubble wrap Make useful packing material when moving house or to store items.
Old Clothes

Old clothes – can be made into other textile items such as cushion covers or teapot cosies.
Packaging

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

Scrap paper Can be used to make notes and sketches. Don’t forget to recycle it when you no longer need it.
Tyres

Tyres Old tyres can be given to your local petrol station where they will be recycled. Or you could make a tyre-swing by tying a strong rope around a tyre and attaching it to a tree.
Used Wood

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.

Useful Tips

Electric Kettle

Old Electrical Equipment Donate old electrical equipment to schools or community centers so that others can reuse them.
Old Clothes

Donate Old Clothes and Books Other people can reuse your unwanted clothes and books when you donate them to charity shops.
Car Boot Sale

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.
Rechargable Batteries

Rechargeable Batteries Rechargeable batteries can be reused many times before they need throwing away, opposed to regular batteries that create unnecessary waste.
Compost Bin

Build a Compost Bin You can reuse many waste items, such as eggshells and old tea bags, using a compost bin. This waste then degrades and turns into compost that can be used to help your garden grow.
Used Wood

Grass Cycling After mowing your lawn, instead of throwing the grass cuttings away, leave them in your garden. The nutrients from the cuttings go back into the soil and act as a fertiliser.

Sites encouraging reuse

Don’tDumpThat provides a quick, easy, and free way to get rid of items you don’t want. So if your junk still has some reusable life in it, don’t throw it out with the rubbish: someone, somewhere can probably find a use for it.

Simple and easy to use, all you have to do is visit the website, find your nearest forum on the map and register with your email address. You can then place an offer (you can add photos) then wait for someone to ask, arrange a time for them to pick up – and it’s done. If you’re looking for something you can send your own message to ask.

Free to join, no fees or commissions. No emails to clutter your inbox, no spam or advertising and everything is family-friendly, legal, honest and decent. Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by using Don’tDumpThat.

Another site, Flooting, helps find new homes for your old stuff, in your local neighbourhood.

Signing up and listing something takes only a moment, and there are no overflowing email inboxes, no spam or advertising, no payment or delivery hassles, and no time-wasters. Flooting is launched in London and will be coming to other parts of the UK soon.

It is a great way to get involved in your local community, and keep good, usable stuff out of landfill, which means less new stuff being manufactured and a happier planet.

What have you reused before?

Add your description and photograph of things that you have reused before.

215 Responses to “Reuse everyday items”

  1. Mo says:

    Mr partner has a dreadful tendency to buy bottle Evian water every week. To my despair the bottles quickly mounted up (at the rate of 10 a week). I have however reused these for potting plants. They are perfect for greenhouse shelves or alternatively use them half submerged in a planter for a completely portable garden. Also if anyone wants perfectly straight long carrots, any old lengths of drainpipe can be 1/2 buried and filled with compost (preferably your own). This give a little protected environment for your carrots and no more deformities from stones and sticks buried in your veg patch. If there’s anyone local who is renovating there house ask them for their old drainpipes: )

  2. Jack Duberley says:

    Keep a waste diary to see what you throw away, then it’s easier to cut down because you know what you’re throwing away each!

  3. Protect The Wolves! says:

    If people wanted to Recycle more, and put rubbish away less they should start doing what I do. Collect 5 Boxes of different Colours and write on them the different recycling categories (e.q. Glass, Tins & Cans, Paper and Magazines, and Vegtables). Putting the vegetables onto a compost heap is a basic way of recycling. Create a zone outside or inside your house where you can put these boxes so when you need to put something there, it’s right there for you. Easy.

  4. Sarah West says:

    Think first before you cook. Using some common sense and forethought you can limit any food waste. For example I only eat a little of the crispy batter on my fish and chips. This left over batter is relished by my garden birds. I don’t have any other food waste. Reduce portions and eat a healthy snack if you get hungry later on.

  5. Emma Taylor says:

    I think that not enough people recycle. I run a newspaper and this next issue is about recycling. I find it very hard to persuade people to recycle because some of the best bits of persuasion have been used but people ignor them. Why don’t people understand that all these fumes are killing the earth. Is it just because they aren’t bothered?

    • kevin williams says:

      I agree that not enough people recycle, it`s basically ignorance and laziness,but most of all it`s selfishness. People think `well i won`t be around in a few years time when the world is in a state,so why bother,it`s not my problem!` I know loads of people who would rather put their rubbish into a black sack,which are not cheap,without sorting it out into recycling bags,which are free by the way.It only takes a few moments to sort the recycling.I don`t think it will ever get better and I worry about the future for my son and his family.I just wish the government would make it compulsory to recycle your rubbish.It makes me angry to see the state on the world because of our selfishness!!! I could go on but I`m getting upset thinking about it.

  6. Charlotte Straker says:

    I am a Textiles Teacher in a secondary School and have launched a recycling programme with Yr9 Pupils. They love it… So why not get your School involved. It’s pretty easy for any D&T Teacher to work with recycled material?!

  7. Shruthimenon says:

    Useful page to me, I am a housewife and I often make some crafts from waste items e.g. I once made ‘TUBELA’ (and indian music instrument) model from coconut shells. I saw this page which gave me some new recycling ideas. Thank you.

  8. Bob Holland says:

    I have a bathroom fitting company that gets through a lot of waste cardboard packaging.
    I would gladly take it to a recycling centre for free.
    Because I’m “trade” I have to pay about £60 to get rid of it.
    If they want to recycle why do I have to pay to get rid of it?
    Thanks
    Bob

  9. Maiki Turiri Aspinall says:

    We should recycle to look after our homeland!

  10. William says:

    Use less so one doesn’ t need to recycle.

  11. Durhone Stephane says:

    I think that food cans (maize, peas, tuna, etc..) should be recycled. Can someone help me to find strategies to recycle items?

  12. Craig Portsmouth says:

    Using tips of my own and this website, I have managed to reduce our waste considerably. We now only put our bin out every 2-3 wks because we recycle and reuse so much.
    On a side note, I think supermarkets should do more to help with reducing our waste since a lot of the packaging, (especially plastics) cannot be recycled. I think anything we buy should be packaged in recyclable material.

  13. Gagan says:

    I make toys from waste cardboard boxes for the children in my community.
    I have used my old clothes to make cushion covers, quilted bed covers bags and hand bags.

  14. Joel Heaton says:

    I can not believe the amount of things that we throw away in the UK and I am shocked and appalled!

  15. Michael Bolinger says:

    Used building materials, tools, lawn & garden equipment, furniture and appliances can also be reused by contacting your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

  16. Col F says:

    Surely it is much better to reuse glassware than to use a great deal of energy in transportation and heat to melt it down to recreate what we had in the first place?
    REDUCE and REUSE – YES, but sometimes I wonder about recycling. I read that there is a massive green glass mountain that nothing can be done about because we import so much wine, and there is very little market for green glass in the UK.
    In Britain, paper recycling creates 1 million tonnes of toxic sludge in the de-inking process each year, this is usually sent to landfill…I also read that paper recycling does not even save trees (see Waste online).
    As for plastic recycling, there are six main types of plastic and none can be mixed. By the time they are transported, sorted and cleaned any savings have been lost!!
    Why not check out Penn and Tellers Recycling truths on U-Tube.
    I now have serious doubts about recycling.

  17. Matt Crane says:

    I print documents using GreenPrint at home and at work. I save about 220 sheets every month by not printing pages I don’t need, emails, signs/web pages etc.

  18. Kit says:

    Remember…not only do you need to recycle, but you must also purchase recyclable items that are not harmful for the environment too!! :)

  19. Mrs Kafilat Iyiola says:

    This is a very useful page and I really enjoyed reading through all users’ comments ( I usually don’t!)
    I enjoy putting cans, bottles,and leftover foods in the recycling bins, it gives me joy. It is a form of charity, you know! However, I wish I could recycle more things which are not specified on recycling bins etc. What I can do to them instead of putting them in the waste bin?

  20. Mary Boldwin says:

    I think that you need to recycle for a better chance to survive in the world

  21. Gavin Farmer says:

    I’ve got about 5 mobile phones in my drawer at home, gathered over the last few years. Does anybody use REALLY old phones? There’s a good debate about mobile phones and the environment online which got me thinking I could be doing something more useful with them.

  22. Christine Michnik says:

    My company recycles disposable Tyvek garments, like lab coats and coveralls. We pay companies per garment to recycle them with us.

  23. Kamanga Tshepo says:

    I’m from a location that has many poor people so my idea is to open a recycle business as we know children at school like to waste paper so I will go to the school and talk to the headmaster and tell him/her that I will bring the bin of papers so the children will not have to throw away this paper. Each school with more paper will win a prize and as we also know that vegetables can be used again after they have been used, we can plant them so they can be veges and if a person comes with a plastic, tins, bottles etc. we can give him money or vegetables.

  24. Voirrey Armstrong says:

    For my citizenship GCSE coursework, I have decided to deal with the issue of litter in my school. Just over a year ago, our school moved to a brand new site. This site cost a huge figure of £20 million. Vandalism and litter were always problems in the old school and I expected these things to have stopped, once we had moved. I am horrified in the way the students have treated the new school. Litter is a growing problem in our school. At break and lunch times, food packaging is carelessly dropped all over the school grounds. With our help, the school can become a cleaner and greener place. Our main aims are to provide more litter bins around the school, make pupils more aware of littering and to introduce more recycling facilities. How can I make young people aware of these issues? How do I stop litter in our new school? I’d be very grateful if someone could give me some advice. Thank you.

  25. Amanda Thompson says:

    I have some great suggestions to share.
    You can buy ‘shampoo bars’ from Lush which save on packaging. Use a flannel and soap rather than face wipes or cleansers. Also, you can buy shopping bags from ‘Claire’s accessories’ which fold up so you can put them in your hand bag and use them instead of plastic bags.

  26. John Smith says:

    Recycle paper and other stuff!!

  27. Amy Poulton says:

    If you have a hamster or mouse and want to recycle paper, why not shred it and use it as there bedding. It helps the environment and saves money too.

  28. Peter Allen says:

    Over 30,000,000 plastic bottles were thrown into land fill sites last year and the amount is growing. Sugary sweet drinks are slightly less than in the past but bottled water is on the increase and no one seems to know why these”designer” bottles of water are used so much when ordinary tap water can easily and cheaply be filtered or purified at home and leave excellent quality water on tap, reducing transport cost, storage space and land. This would not need recycling,it would just do away with the bottles in the first place!
    Peter Allen

  29. Anna Holmes says:

    You should always try to recycle as much waste as you possibly can, especially as Christmas is coming up and you may have quite a few empty bottles lying around!!!

  30. Emily Newman says:

    Don’t leave light’s on in rooms that you’re not in. And use energy efficient light bulbs =]

  31. Sancarn says:

    Just reduce, Guys. It’s that simple.
    D’oh!

  32. Nicky Brownie says:

    You should reuse pages of paper by using both sides, it’s so easy.

  33. Thomas Cooper says:

    I like recycling my bottles and cans of cokes and the local bank for recycling.

  34. Angela Gilbert says:

    One good way of reducing waste is to buy less. Avoid over-packaged products, don’t replace something that still works just because you fancy a new one, alter clothes or use the fabric to make new ones and never buy bottled water. There is a huge environmental impact in manufacturing and packaging the product in the first place, plus delivering it to the store. If you really need something try and get it from a charity shop or arrange a swap with friends.

  35. Angela Gilbert says:

    If you enjoy beer and wine why not make your own? It is quite easy and you only need a little basic equipment (try Freecycle or eBay) and some bottles which you use over and over again.

  36. Angela Gilbert says:

    If are keen on crafts or know someone who is, you might like to try making a rag rug. I recently made two, using fabric from old trousers. All you need is a rug hook, an old sack (give it a good wash before you use it!) and some old clothes to cut into strips. Work out a basic design beforehand – squares or stripes look nice. This uses up old clothes than are not good enough for a charity shop… It is a very satisfying hobby and you end up with a lovely snuggly rug.

  37. Angela Gilbert says:

    Florists buckets and mushroom trays are not collected from the shops for re-use and are either stacked up in the back yard or go to waste. The buckets are great as flower tubs or for growing veg, and the mushroom trays stack so are great for storage in the home, shed or garage. Get friendly with your local shop and they will be glad to let you take some.

  38. Deniz S says:

    I have started recycling and see the amount of weight that comes out of your bucket and how much lighter they are. It’s also fun to no that your doing your bit for the environment.

  39. Scott Evans says:

    My father has made a “recycling centre” for the house. This helps a lot, it separates the glass, newspapers, plastics and cans. I would recomend this to anyone who spends a lot of their time trying to separate them. Although the “blue bin” is going to come around soon, (I know I am getting one, and I live in Staffordshire) building a centre really does help. It saves me time, I hope this idea helps you as well.

  40. Gareth Edwards says:

    I would just like to know if it is possible to recycle laminated paper or paper from magazines. I would be very greatful for some advise.

  41. Justin Smith says:

    If glass bottles can be recycled, why is it that window glass, mirrors or even automotive glass can’t be? If recycling bins and such were offered to such glass companies and all the glass was sorted between plate glass, safety glass and so on, why isn’t it done? My father owns a glass company so I’ve taken heavy interest in the recycling process.

  42. Simon Heather says:

    In reply to Justin Smith’s post on the 29th October 2007.
    Safety glass and window glass cannot be recycled due to the chemical coatings on their surfaces. Safety glass is laminated (has a fine coating of plastic) which is why it shatters into small regular pieces. Plate glass is rolled out onto chemicals to cool it quickly and evenly. This results in a fine layer of chemicals being bonded to the surface. When you try to recycle these types of glass the coatings become contaminants in the glass. This has a large effect on the quality of the glass (mainly turns it white and opaque). Unfortunately there is no (cost) effective way of removing these unwanted impurities so therefore no-one actually does it!

  43. Brandon Horner says:

    Give your old things to charity.

  44. Edna O Neil says:

    Cut up old tights for tying up all your old newspapers. I put an advert at the local secondary school: “old tights wanted”. I cut these up and use them for tying up plants in our local gardeners club.

  45. Mark Jones says:

    I use Dont Dump That to get rid of all my unwanted stuff, I have even got some stuff I did need of there, check them out at http://www.dontdumpthat.com and find your nearest forum
    Happy Recycling

  46. Alex Young says:

    Aquire some reusable bags from a shop to cut down on using plastic carrier bags. This way bags don’t get thrown out and sent to landfill sites as they are not biodegradable.

  47. Robyn L says:

    If you buy a bricket maker you can save around £100 each month by recycling paper instead of buying coal.

  48. Angela Norton says:

    Organise a ‘give or take’ day where you bring items you don’t want anymore and pick up some things you do for free.

  49. Chelsie Donnelly says:

    well helloo there every 1 should recycle to save the countrey and animals ..x

  50. Rowan Melvin says:

    I recycle my old pots and pans, they make great plant holders. !

  51. Rowan Melvin says:

    Don’t just put things in the bin! Have a look too see if you could recycle them first!

  52. Mouse says:

    How do you recycle a beer bottle, or can you? If yes, then can it go in the black bin or by itself ?

  53. John Anothy Looby says:

    I often recycle and I think the young people of today should show more respect for their environment!!

  54. Emma Bullough says:

    I recycle a lot and I have reused a glass bottle as a pencil tin to put all my stationary in.

  55. Paul says:

    I need help – I work in a fairly busy local theatre with a very busy bar, which as you can imagine, produces a large amount of cans and bottles. We have absolutely no way of recycling these – occasionally some of our volunteers come and pick them up and take them to the recycling centre but more often they just end up going in the bin. The council refuse to give us any form of help recycling – not even a black box (because we’re not a household *sighs*) and most companies want to charge us for taking away recycled waste. Does anyone know any way we can get our cans and bottles collected from the centre (either in separate bins, bin liners or whatever) and not get charged a fortune for doing so?

  56. Kamal Jan says:

    Is the plastic used in new cars’ bumpers recyclable? Does anyone know??

  57. David Smallman says:

    When I was a kid we used to save silver paper (aluminium foil) from our parent’s fag packets and milk bottle tops. What do I do with it now,only one of the recycling agencies said that they weren’t interested. I have a ton of the stuff at home so do I just dump it in the bin for the dustman?

  58. Danielle Maddocks says:

    I have never thought about recycling till now. I can’t believe how much rubbish me and my family have put out for the binmen this week and I can’t stop thinking that most of it could be recycled. I also think it is disgusting how we are digging up the land we live on to put our rubbish in it, soon we will be living on top of it but maybe we won’t have a country or world to dispose our rubbish on. How can littering be a crime when we put our rubbish on the ground by putting it in the bin yes it may make the place we live look nice but it isn’t keeping our land looking nice and it isn’t nice to have all the horrible smelling fumes around you day in and day out.

  59. Begum says:

    Usually I go to a car boot sale and try and get rid of all my old junk they say one mans junk is another mans treasure –
    From clothes, furniture, household good to unwanted xmas gifts
    Usually at the end when I have not managed to get rid of things I take it down to my charity shop –
    I find it’s a way of helping the environment and the less fortunate at the same time

  60. Shannan Smith says:

    I think we should get more bins around carrick and I think it would stop people from littering!!!

  61. J D Gilbert says:

    IN REPLY TO Simon Heather on 08/11/2007
    Safety glass is heat treated, thats why it breaks into small pieces. Laminated glass is the one that has two sheets of glass with a polymer membrane sandwiched between and it shatters but tends to stay together, also used for bullet proof screens.

  62. M. McC says:

    I made a recycling centre in my computer room. All I done is get a carboard box and put it there, then at the end of the week empty it into our recycling bin. If we didn’t have this my family just ended up putting used/unwanted paper in the normal bin, so now were recycling more :)

  63. Sally says:

    Another way to reuse something creatively is by saving the tops of a soda pop can, the part you puch down to open, you can string them on a yarn to make a necklace. :)

  64. Rosie Goddard says:

    This website has helped me a lot with my science case study. Thank you very much.
    P.S. I recycle.

  65. amy says:

    Recycling is the best thing and if we all work together we will conquer global warming and the world will be a safer place to live in.

  66. melanie says:

    My mum and dad always recycle plastic bottles and paper in the right recycling bin.

  67. Peter Davidson says:

    Recyclable tea bag. Use a boqua garni bag and large leaf tea. You can then also use the tea leaf in your planting box. Pop the bag into the wash tab bag and it will come out white ready for reuse.

  68. Eilish Owen-Rothney says:

    I use the plastic "envelope" that magazines and some mail comes in for sandwiches/food storage etc as many times as possible before I have to then bin it!

  69. Coralie says:

    I bought a recharger from Natural Collection which recharges ordinary batteries as well as rec hargeable ones.
    I think it can do this up to 10 times per battery and costs £25. soem items don’t work well with rechargeable versions and the rechaerger also tests if batteries are ‘duds’.

  70. Coralie says:

    Use Yahoo Freecycle which is split into local areas to get rid of unwanted stuff. Its surprising how much other people want what you may consider to be waste.
    Kids clothes & toys are great items to get rid of or collect.
    You can post a limited number of ‘wanted’ items as well as trying to get rid of items.
    Also for swapping books that you have finished with try ReaditSwapit.co.uk. Just pay the 2nd class postage to the ‘swappee’

  71. kamna kashyap says:

    we should reuse as many things as possible bcoz i think it is the most convinient option.

  72. Ali St. Germain says:

    People can reuse plastic waterbottles over and over again. There is no need to throw them away!

  73. Towerfest Country Music Festival says:

    Having visited festival all over the uk during summer we were amazed that Towerfest was the only one making a visible effort to recyle the waste from the festival. We had containers for paper, plastic and glass. People made great effort to put things in the right bins as well so we thank them very much. We believe it actually made our job easyer so come on festivals get yourselves sorted out.

  74. Diane Robison says:

    Being a child of the sixties and seventies I remember with fondness taking bottles back to the local grocers/off licence for a few pence. This helped the adults and also gave the children a responsibility but also a few pence for extra sweets etc. The bottles used to say on the lid/label if they were returnable and for how much. I doubt that with Health and Safety rules and particularly because of the awful ferral youths with bad intentions, that pre-teens and teens carrying bottles in plastic bags to the local shops will ever make a comeback but does anybody know if there are any schemes that re-use bottles, plastic fabric conditioner type bottles etc for the purpose they were originally made for. After hearing in the news that a lot of recycled stuff is not being recycled due to credit crunch and other things, I think to wash and re-use would be a step forward. May be this sounds too simplistic but with the right people etc behind it, why not? It always seem such a waste with coffee jars etc which are still in perfectly good condition. Does anybody know of any companies/schemes that re-use for the purpose they were intended?

  75. Will says:

    Yes. I am doing a school report on recycling and this website has loads. (Useful.)

  76. Anne says:

    I use my empty toilet rolls to make tunnels for our pet mice. They love it. We just replace them when they are tired.

  77. tiger adopter says:

    Me and my family always reuse what we can. For example: old toilet rolls and scrap paper are great as toys for our dogs (we always recycle the cardboard and paper afterwards though).
    Also, we only buy food we really need, rather than buy lots of something and then end up throwing it away when it goes off!

  78. Mariana says:

    Fill a used bottle with sand, soil or water. Place it inside your toilette’s tank. Every time you flush the tank, you will be saving the bottle´s volume in water, it will help the planet and you will also me saving money!

  79. Laura says:

    Best Webpage ever! At school (in P.S.H.E.) we are talking about how to make our school greener…this webpage is the key to our project. Thanks lots!

  80. Recycle King says:

    Make sure you keep an eye on what you recycle and make sure not to let it clutter up… Makes it a lot easier!

  81. Elisa says:

    I recently went to my local supermarket and recycled all my old clothes and the money raised went to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity, you can do the same, visit http://www.bagitup.org.uk its a great website and tells you where your nearest textile bank is!

  82. Protect The Wild Animals! says:

    Recylcing will help the wild animals and stop waste!!!

  83. Sam Adams says:

    In our back yard we have waste deposit bins one is black for leftover vegetables and green for paper and soil wich people might think is bad but it makes our house more easy to run.

  84. Shumail Ehsan says:

    By reusing things you can save your pocket money. You can reuse things and make beautiful and useful crafts for your room.

  85. Adam Harris says:

    Use paper that you have used already as scratch paper.

  86. Sabrina says:

    Sometimes, I take empty jars and put dirt in them and put some seeds in there. Then, I have a pretty plant in a pretty reused jar.

  87. Samantha says:

    Instead of throwing away old cans and bottles, paper plates, and cardboard boxes. Use them as an instrument show people not to waste stuff like that, u can even go outside and dig out of ur trash can and find some stuff u don’t need and throw mac & cheese noodles or beans in it and decorate it and you’ve reused, reduced and recycled. Now go show the world what kind of instruments u play.

  88. Tess says:

    Take your old clocks to a clock shop and see if they can use the old parts on other broken clocks that can still work. If they can there will be less to throw away. And look at the things that can’t be reused and see if they can be RECYCLED!!!!

  89. samf says:

    At my grandma’s we have something called a junk room. It is a room full of old things people have donated to a garage sale my grandma has every year. People donate so many things that can be used for other things that it makes me sad but I am happy that we have put it to good use.

  90. Andrew Feigenbaum says:

    My idea is that with all this waste sooner or later we’ll be buried in it. Recycling paper is a life saver. If no one recycled paper we WOULD be buried in it, ask your principal about a no garbage day where you eat lunch and don’t throw anything away.

  91. ethan says:

    I think people should recycle every thing that is recyclable, like a compost area in you backyard. Also, at my school we are doing a no trash day on Wednesday to enforce recycling.

  92. Sara Dobrinic says:

    You can drop old clothes that don’t fit you any more at clothing donation boxes or pass them down to younger siblings or cousins. You can also reuse water bottles sold in stores as regular ones.

  93. Bryce says:

    Recycling is very good for the environment and helping to keep the air clean. It is good to car pool and reuse paper again. I like that you are trying to help the animal and the earth.

  94. allison says:

    Try using reusable bags instead of plastic bags. Even though plastic can be recycled it is made out of oil so it’s best to use as little of it as possible. You can also try putting yard waste and leftovers in a compost pile. Even though they are both biodegradable they will not decay as fast in a land fill because they aren’t exposed sunlight and water.

  95. Trey Wright says:

    Recycling is awesome! I think it’s a great way to keep our environment clean!

  96. Abigail says:

    If you have any aluminum tabs from your soda cans you can take an old plastic soda bottle and insert about 25-45 tabs in the bottle and you have maracas or you could keep them and you could start a recycled objects collection. My school is having a no trash lunch day. We are trying to have as little trash as possible. My class did a survey on all the classes in the school to see how many families in our school recycle. We like to recycle because it is making our earth healthier. Recycling is a whole bunch of fun!

  97. samantha thomason says:

    RECYCLE! It’s easy. Did you know that only about half of the world recycles. You can help save the earth just by recycling so come on, show the world.

  98. alex says:

    Using scraps of junk metal for music.

  99. Jordan says:

    We reuse our old towels to dry our dogs after they have a bath.

  100. Maddy says:

    A while ago my class and I went to a concert with all recycled items they found from junkyards. They were awesome and they used very creative. They called it “Scrap Arts”. Recycling ‘can’ be fun.:)

  101. Lauren says:

    On Wednesday 2010 our class is having a day that if you bring cold lunch that you bring something like a container to put your food in instead of plastic bags or brown lunch bags.

  102. Drew says:

    I pass down clothes to my younger brothers. I also reuse plastic bags.

  103. Madisyn says:

    Maybe in your spare time you can go around your neighborhood and you can go pick up recycling trash or just trash that you throw away and just clean up the place! And maybe you can just go with you parents/siblings/or just a friend.

  104. Kaitlin says:

    If you have a lot of old soup cans, and some string, make a windchime by punching a hole in the soup cans, threading the string through the holes, tie the string in a knot, repeat for all the soup cans. Then tie the stings to and an old coat hangar, and hang it up in a sunny spot, when the sun shines on it, it will sparkle. And when the wind blows, the windchime will chime. So have fun!!!

  105. Maddy says:

    My class and I are doing an interesting thing at lunchtime I thought I might share. We are going to (if you bring cold lunch) use all reusable items. That means reusable lunch boxes, washable lunchboxes, etc…
    Recycling ‘can’ be fun.:)

  106. Sydney says:

    At my house we save all plastic grocery bags and use them. We also use cloth bags. If you want to use cloth bags you have to buy some. Then you can ask the person at the cash register to use your bag. If you don’t want to buy bags, save plastic bags in your garage or recycle. This is a good idea.

  107. Maverick says:

    I use paper bags for trash bags

  108. Reclaimfun says:

    Dont take interesting stuff to the dump, bring it to the http://www.reclaimfun.com center and we allow children to take apart and shakle the science out of it. SORTED. The items then can go for direct recycling, this is called product digestion.

  109. Ellie says:

    Put a recycling bin next to your normal bin, it doesn’t take much space. It’s easy, we should encourage people to recycle!

  110. georgina james says:

    I think the best way to recycle is to get more recycle bins around England.

    • Mel says:

      I agree, because that way you wouldn’t have to drive, because there might be one near you, so you could walk, which means it saves energy and makes people recycle!

  111. Liz Jackson says:

    Brilliant that you have included the Furniture Reuse Network on the site. Web address so people can find their local furniture reuse organisation is http://www.frn.org.uk

  112. Chrysa says:

    Recycle the toilet roll tubes, packaging from soaps, toothpaste,shampoo bottles, shower gels, washing powder boxes… Be imaginative! I know for some people, recycling all the above is obvious, but i noticed for even more people who already recycle it is not.

  113. Val says:

    Coffee jar lids make good saucers for plant pots.

  114. Mel says:

    If you want to recycle but don’t have a site near you, you can make a home composter! It gets rid off waste easily and saves energy!

  115. jeef v says:

    I think to recycle u need to use less energy and more consuming energy, also u need to carpool with other people and stop using so much paper.

  116. Batman says:

    At my house we have our own veggi patch 4 compost bin, a roof covered with solar pannels and 2 wind turbines!!!

  117. emily says:

    I recycle all my shoe boxes and use them for my dolls.

  118. Emily James says:

    Don’t waste food and re-use plastic bags.

  119. Abigail Walker says:

    You can use coffee bean jar tops as plant pots and use any normal sized carrier bags eg tesco bag to protect the plant if you know it might snow as this covers it but stops snow from freezing and killing it.

  120. Abigail Walker says:

    Cover old cracked plant pots in used wrapping paper from this christmas as this then makes it look better as well as help recycle.

  121. Abigail Walker says:

    Cut up old hoodies, you know the one your old auntie bettie gave you that you will never wear, cut them up as clothes for your teddy, that’s recycling and fun.

  122. Anam says:

    I use paper bags, I don’t waste water cause it is very precious… and important…

  123. abi says:

    Take a bag from another shop to go shopping, reuse the bag.

  124. INAIYAH AND ANA says:

    Hello, me and my friends are doing a project on recycling and this website is the best. We hope we win with the information from this site. Remember RE-USE, REDUCE AND RECYCLE.

  125. donna says:

    We recycle the used items into beautiful designs.

  126. Brisha says:

    We recycle paper, glass, and other stuff. I think I will start donate my old clothes so they can be reused.

  127. Mutsa Tinarwo says:

    It’s best we introduce environmental groups in our communities…this will help maintain a safe environment, for the young ones and the generations 2 come. Make a better world 4 u and me.

  128. Gio123 says:

    Recycling things is good for the environment because we are caring for it by doing it. We can recycle things or donate them when we dont need them anymore! We should not throw away the future of things like the paper we normally use and other things!

    By recycling, we can do our part to save the environment! Hooray!!!

  129. Theresa123 says:

    26 March is earth day !

  130. Delyth Williams says:

    Sewing old ties together make great new funky bags and my girls love to design their own. Plated ties make strong handles.

  131. Penny says:

    I recycle my used cooking oil at my local household waste recycling centre. It’s picked up by a company and turned into electricity.

  132. Kat says:

    Jam jars make brilliant jelly carriers.

  133. Kat says:

    I have 3 recycling bins and a load of vast bags. 1 for ‘kitchen bin’ rubbish bags, one for grass etc. + one for plastic and glass bottles, (cardboard and paper go in the bags!).

  134. Skye Holmes says:

    I use old school shirts as rags rather than throwing them away!

  135. regan says:

    Don’t just recycle, reuse stuff as well!!

  136. ravneet says:

    It is fun to recycle!

  137. Ivanna says:

    At my house, I reuse envelopes by crossing out the name, that writing the new name on the cover.

  138. Bonnie says:

    My family recycles almost everything.

    • Joe says:

      Thank you for a useful comment… I’ll try to use your contribution in my everyday life…. What a great idea to recycle almost everything.

  139. suzanne says:

    Plastic trays used to sell soft fruit at the supermarket make excellent seed trays as they already have drainage holes in the bottom!

  140. Poppy says:

    Our family instead of using plastic carrier bags we use reusable shopping bags. if we forgot them and had to use plastic bags we would keep them and use them again for something else eg. a pack lunch.

  141. Lucie says:

    I have just discovered how to do this.
    Using two sheets of newspaper and two staples you can make a bag or punnet in about 40 seconds. Useful for farmers markets or vegetable stalls and to keep use of plastic to a minimum. Please spread the word.

  142. Peter says:

    Some manufacturers don’t make it easy to recycle. Why do some food containers have a metal base with the rest cardboard? Surely they could make the whole lot of cardboard, should be cheaper too.

  143. Irene says:

    I use the larger yoghurt containers as pot plants. Just cut or puncture some drainage holes in the bottom of container. I use the plastic trays (from meat or vegetables) as saucers for pot plants.

  144. bradley says:

    I recycle plastic and glass bottles, I also recycle newspaper and cardboard.

  145. ella says:

    Recycling is hard when you first start because its hard to get into a system but once you get used to it, its like a habit milk bottles into the green bin paper into the blue bin and garden waste in the brown bin simple :)

  146. Rupsa chattopadhyay says:

    I give my old books, clothes, shoes to children who can use them

  147. hector says:

    Old bathtub as a aquaponic or hydroponic grow bed.

  148. cordelia says:

    When you go shopping bring a paper bag and reuse it every time.

  149. Michelle Bland says:

    I have reused a lot of clothes, trousers, and glass, but most of all candles.

  150. Michelle Bland says:

    Have fun recycling people!

  151. lindsey says:

    I have use old CDs and cut out stars and trees and made it a christmas decoration.

  152. Yuriko Omega says:

    We could reuse old rulers and plastic and paper to make new toy plane for babies and children.

  153. Aniya says:

    Try not to reuse hazardous waste like chemicals.

  154. simmi says:

    I have used a empty cola can as a flowerpot.

  155. sarah davis says:

    Just check what you use and what you don’t use because when you have stuff and you don’t use it, then other people are losing out.

  156. bob says:

    Reuse stuff!

  157. LDY says:

    Try to reuse stuff, recycle those things that you dont want and remember to use less hairspray or such products!

  158. Saskia Stafford says:

    Old clothes – can be made into other textile items such as cushion covers or teapot cosies.

  159. jen kunkle-clark says:

    I used denim from an old pair of bluejeans to redo the cover of an old padded step-stool. All you need is a screwdriver to remove the top from the base (and later replace it), and a heavy duty stapler. You don’t even have to be exact because you can trim the fabric later as needed with a utility knife or scissors.

  160. Amina says:

    Yes I do reuse things like instead of throwing water bottles I use them for making a vase. So it is a good site for us that can guide us to the best way to reuse things, keep it up.

  161. Amy says:

    Yes, it is a very good idea because we can reuse the slightest little things and save money at the same time. Like, for example, instead of going out and buying a belt, take a old one, get some sticky gems (about £1 per sheet) and stick them onto your old belt. this is a really good idea of reusing things! Little things like that really help! Also, making a swing on a tree from a old tire works! It was like a proper swing, and kept the kids entertained for about 3 hours! Good ideas, lets stick together and save this environment!!

  162. Joseph Ting says:

    To reduce my carbon footprint, I bring my own tough eco-bags (washable and highly durable) for groceries to avoid using one-use only plastic bags provided at supermarket check-outs. Discarded plastic bags degrade poorly and hold potential to widely disseminate into, and damage, the environment. Retailers have long opposed moves to ban plastic bags or directly charge the consumer for their use for fear of being abandoned for stores that offer unrestricted use of plastic bags. The cost of plastic bags is incorporated into grocery prices by retailers, which in turn is borne by all shoppers including those who avoid plastic bags. Consumers who choose to purchase and use durable shopping bags have long been charged the same till prices as those who do not. Furthermore we bear the environmental cost of others’ unrestrained plastic bag use. Is it discriminatory to impose the added cost only to shoppers who accept plastic bags every time they visit the supermarket, as well as a environment degradation fee?

  163. Paul says:

    Do you have to take off the cellophane from envelopes before recycling them?

  164. Adrian says:

    Thanks for the vital information for my project!!

    :)

  165. Mohammed says:

    Thanks for the information! Looking to do this for my project ad it’s fascinating.

  166. Mohammed says:

    You should reuse things, it is good for the environment and saves a lot of money. Lots of good tips no the comments!

  167. Jesca Anguyo says:

    Recycling is good, we can make the world a better place by just recycling one item per day. I recycle food wastes or remains for my compost garden.

  168. manjiri inamdar says:

    In today’s world of lots of environment degradation, we are left with no option but to go for 3R’s principle of reduce, reuse and recycle. I have been reusing plastic carry bags and scrap paper for a long time. Now i have started reusing many other items like old bangles etc

  169. Lina Manalo says:

    My way of recyling is too keep different bins for papers, plastics and junk.

  170. lynlyn alarcon says:

    By maintaining proper garbage disposal we can help conserving our biodiversity….

  171. Athena says:

    I reuse clean peanut butter jars to tie dye small items in. They work perfectly for that because they have lids and they contain the dye so it doesn’t get all over the place. The ones I don’t use for that I cover with tissue paper and turn into candy holders. I also use them to store items like buttons, box tops for school, and other odds and ends. They have so many uses.

  172. Jason Watson says:

    Inflate your tires, low tire pressure can lead to wasted gas increasing green house emissions.

  173. Danny Cracknell says:

    Can you recycle china cups with glass?

  174. marrina says:

    You people should be really recycling because it is going to be good and safe for your generations and you do not want your future generation to die do you.
    So this is why I am saying you should recycle.

  175. Mythri.MS says:

    It’s always better to carry your own bag wherever you go to. The less plastic bags we use, the less its production will be.

  176. Mena says:

    I think recyling is cool. Plus if you donate, you sometimes get cash back! So recycle help the enviroment. Be Eco friendly

  177. elly says:

    Young people should already be educated on this. I am 13 and I am learning about it in science – this topic should be a crucial part of the primary and secondary curriculum!

  178. Junk Cars in NJ says:

    Recycling has many benefits and make the world a much cleaner and greener place to live in. I think it should be a responsibility that everyone should take upon themselves.

  179. cfa says:

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  180. Computer Recycling Birmingham says:

    Home users can drop off their old computer equipment to Environmental Computer Recycling and receive a free data destruction service to make sure their information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

  181. Amarpreet says:

    Reycling is important because without it, their would be alot of pollution, streets full of dirty bags that have not been used again.

  182. rohit chakraborty says:

    Today’s world really needs 3-R’s.

  183. Hawkeye says:

    It’s all very well and good to recycle but the crux of the matter is to try and cut down on the things you buy that would need to be recycled. Take packaging for instance. I never use a plastic bag when buying vegetables – I just leave them loose in my trolley. I don’t buy things in tins but focus on using fresh ingredients that I’ve grown myself. In fact I feel so passionate about this issue that I wrote a song about it! Technically it’s anti-recycling but with the knowledge that you can cut down on what you need to recycle. Spread the word!

  184. Saffiyyah says:

    Here’s a thought:
    If you want to encourage children to recycle how about getting a pile of clean recyclable materials and give them the task of making something useful and creative

  185. Jane Stewart says:

    I always like to be creative when I recycle and I am often reusing empty boxes and cans to create monsters, etc with my daughter.

    A great tip I found was http://www.ultimatetop10s.com/top-10-ways-to-recycle-cans/ where they talk about the robots using cans – amazing, yet simple.

  186. jessica edwards says:

    Recycling is highly ignored these days but it is important that the world recycles as it helps the environment.

  187. olivia hawkins says:

    I think it’s quite good to do recycling cause it helps our planet and think about the people who have to pay for us just to survive in homes and they pay for us to have recycling bins so please use them.

  188. Tan Hong Jie says:

    Everyone can do a part like bringing your own reusable bag instead of using plastic bag.Come on recycle more and do your part for the environment

  189. Tan Hong Jie says:

    This website is useful for my CCA project, thanks a lot.

  190. Elizabeth says:

    I now know some of the things I can reuse in my house thank you for making my world better place

  191. Kara says:

    I learned that you can recycle and reuse way more things than anyone ever does.

  192. Kim says:

    When posters & notices come down from our office notice boards, I cut off any private details, then (together with appropriate junk mail) take to our local nursery school.

  193. tharuna says:

    AWESOME !!!!! ideas to recyle and reuse.

  194. Mary Chapman says:

    Why are we in the UK not recycling all our newspapers here (not sending abroad) to be made into sacks for supermarket use in preparation for the plastic bag ban? Surely this is a golden manufacturing opportunity for a recycling company!

  195. Happy says:

    I like this webpage very much cause it’s got a lot of useful tips.

  196. Josephine Attard says:

    I use tuna tins to bake small cakes in them and change them from time to time.

  197. Angie Elmore says:

    Don’t throw away those old toilet roll middles – put a small gift in the middle and make them into xmas crackers as a stocking filler.

  198. monal says:

    Recycling is a good habit.

  199. POOJA says:

    Thanks to this site. I was searching for information I got it here. Thank u

  200. bill says:

    Hi everybody, keep on recycling.

  201. aecym says:

    Recycling is a part of environment to keep animals safe and peacefully.

  202. soniya says:

    I think recycling has become an imp part of every person coz due to increase in population the supply has gone down so we don’t have a choice…

  203. myster says:

    Recycling is one of the best ways for people to have a positive impact on the world

  204. abqurah says:

    I like this website because it helps me to complete my school project about 3R’s……..:D

  205. Lisa Middleton says:

    Love to recycle. Always looking for ideas.

  206. arjunabhilash says:

    Useful one.

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