Renfrewshire Council

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce

If you don't create any waste, you don't have to manage it later.

That's why waste prevention is the ideal environmental option.

Waste prevention involves changing the way we design, make, buy and use products to reduce the amount that gets thrown away.

Here are some ways to do this:

  • Don't buy over packaged goods
  • Buy in bulk and choose loose fruit and vegetables
  • Take your own shopping bags and say no to extra ones
  • Avoid disposable products like razors, plastic or paper cups and disposable cameras
  • Use rechargeable batteries and long life energy saving light bulbs
  • Don't use cling film and aluminium foil to wrap food - use boxes with lids instead
  • Remove your name from junk mail lists

Reuse

Another way to reduce the amount of waste in your bin is to reuse items when you can.

  • Do you have to throw away that old or broken item? Could you repair it or use it for something else?
  • Save glass jars, plastic bottles, cartons and boxes for storage
  • Reuse gift wrap, string, envelopes and carrier bags
  • Use the other side of paper for notes, shopping lists, etc
  • Give reusable furniture, computers and white goods (fridges) away to local charities or community projects
  • Give unwanted clothes and toys to charity shops and comics, books, DVDs, CDs and computer games to second hand shops, school fetes and libraries

Recycle

By recycling your waste, you can help reduce the amount collected.

  • Compost your kitchen and garden waste
  • Do you have to throw away that old or broken item? Could you repair it or use it for something else?
  • Save glass jars, plastic bottles, cartons and boxes for storage
  • Reuse gift wrap, string, envelopes and carrier bags
  • Use the other side of paper for notes, shopping lists, etc
  • Give reusable furniture, computers and white goods (fridges) away to local charities or community projects
  • Give unwanted clothes and toys to charity shops and comics, books, DVDs, CDs and computer games to second hand shops, school fetes and libraries

National re-use helpline

If you have large items at home that you no longer need and are still in good condition, you can have them collected for free by calling the National re-use phone line.

Simply call 0800 0665 820 from anywhere in Scotland, and they will arrange for a local re-use organisation to collect your item and pass it on to be used by someone else.

Project Oskars

Oskars is a charity that provides a range of second-hand furniture, white goods, and other household items at affordable prices. Their services also include; painting and decorating, gardening, and home clearances. As a social enterprise, Oskars offers quality goods to those on low incomes, while providing youth employment, education and training to young people.

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