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Aberdeenshire: Reuse

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You can get the most out of your paper by making sure that, where possible you use both sides. Try printing on paper that’s just been used on one side or use it for writing notes on.

Shredded paper (and cardboard) can also be added, along with a mixture of other garden and kitchen waste, to home compost bins and heaps.


Wrapping paper and gift bags

Why not save used wrapping paper to use again for wrapping other presents?

Alternatively reusable gift bags may be a better option, although they can be more expensive than wrapping paper they’re very easy to reuse and add a touch of class to any present.


Food & Drinks Containers

Food and drinks containers can often be used again as storage containers. For example, plastic containers can be used to freeze or refrigerate left over food.

Food jars also make great pencil pots and both bottles and jars can be decorated, using special paints, and used as tea light or candle holders. These make great presents and can be used to brighten up your home or garden!

Fresh food such as sandwiches, salads or pizzas can be made at home and then stored in reusable food containers. This helps to save on the excess packaging that can be a problem with shop bought convenience food. The lists below show some of the places where you can buy reusable food containers locally:

Local Retailers

Argos Ltd

Unit A, 1, Drummers Corner, Peterhead, AB42 1ZP
Tel: 0845 1657087


Argos Ltd

27 Parkhill Avenue, Dyce, AB21 7FP
Tel: 01224 722173



62-64 Union Street, Keith, AB55 5DP
Tel: 0845 6779386



Carmelite Street, Banff, AB45 1AF
Tel: 0845 6779028



Harlaw Road, Inverurie, AB51 4UZ
Tel: 0845 6779378



South Harbour Road, Fraserburgh, AB43 9TA
Tel: 0845 6779281



North Deeside Road, Banchory, AB31 5YR
Tel: 01330 824086



32 High Street, Turriff, AB53 4EN
Tel: 01888 568201



Blackhall Road, Inverurie, AB51 4JP
Tel: 01467 629258



Ythan Terrace, Ellon, AB41 9LJ
Tel: 01358 723595



Unit 18 Westhill Shopping Centre,
Old Skene Road, Westhill, AB32 6RL
Tel: 01224 743177



18 Saltoun Square, Fraserburgh, AB43 9DA
Tel: 01346 513065



Riverview Drive, Dyce, AB21 7NG
Tel: 01224 724134



Muir End Road, Portlethen, AB12 4XP
Tel: 01224 782200



1-5 Broad Street, Fraserburgh, AB43 9AE
Tel: 01346 518608



25-31 Marischal Street, Peterhead, AB42 1BT
Tel: 01779 473387


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Boxes & packing cases

Keeping used boxes and packing cases will save you time when you next have to move anything. They can also be used to store larger items and can often be leant to other people.

High street shops may be able to provide you with their used cardboard boxes.


Envelopes, jiffy bags, postal packaging

Your envelopes, jiffy bags and postal packaging can be reused again by simply sticking a label over the original address.

Special envelope reuse stickers can be bought from the following outlets:

National Retailers

Surfers Against Sewage

National supplier.

Centre for Alternative Technology

National supplier.

World Wildlife Fund

National supplier.


Plastic bags, cloth bags & bags for life

You can help to lower the amount of waste you bring home by remembering to take your plastic bags back to the shops and use them again next time you go shopping.

Bags made out of cloth or stronger plastic last longer than thin plastic bags and can often be used to carry heavier items more easily. Why not consider using these types of bags rather than accepting new, thin plastic bags every time you go shopping?

This list shows just some of the shops where you can buy bags for life in your local area:

Local Retailers
See: Reduce/Shopping bags  

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Comics, books, videos, CDs, DVDs & computer games

There are lots of ways to make sure that your used comics, books, videos, CDs, DVDs, computer games and small household items are reused. These items can be donated to charity shops, sold at second hand shops or car-boot sales or passed onto friends and family.

The outlets listed below are just some of the places that you can either take your items to be reused or go to buy these items second hand:

Second Hand Book Shops

Local Retailers

Orb's Bookshop

33a Deverson Street, Huntly, AB54 8BY
Tel: 01466 793 765


Grampian Books

Glendale House, Fijvie, Tunriff, AB53 8SJ
Tel: 01888 544577


Deeside Books

18-20 Bridge Street, Ballater, AB35 5QT
Tel: 01339 754080


Academic Book Trade

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.

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Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Aberdeen & District Independent

256 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1TP
Tel: 01224 618300


Aberdeen Citizen

PO Box 43, Lang Stracht, Aberdeen, AB15 6DF
Tel: 01224 690222


Evening Express

PO Box 43, Lang Stracht, Aberdeen, AB15 6DF
Tel: 01224 690222


Press and Journal

PO Box 43, Lang Stracht, Aberdeen, AB15 6DF
Tel: 01224 690222 ext3246


Buchan Observer

17 Chapel Street, Peterhead, AB42 1TH
Tel: 01779 871335


Herald - Articles for Sale

Tel: 0141 3026000

National newspaper.

Scotsman (Edinburgh)

Tel: 0131 6208888

National newspaper.

Scotsman (Glasgow)

Tel: 0141 2366422

National newspaper.


Car Boot Sales


The Car Boot & Market Calendar

listings of car boot sales in the UK.

The Car Boot Sales Directory

information on car boot sales, markets and fairs throughout the UK (a charge applies).

Thainstone Car Boot Sale

Inverurie, AB51 5XZ
Tel: 01467 623760



Charity Shops

Local Shops

British Red Cross

12 Kirk Street, Peterhead, AB42 1RX


British Red Cross

16 The Square, Ellon, AB41 9JB


British Red Cross

2-6 Duke Street, Huntly, AB54 8DL


British Red Cross

31 West High Street, Inverurie, AB51 3QA


British Red Cross

Bridge Street, Banchory, AB51 3QA


Cancer Research UK

5 Drummer's Corner, Peterhead, AB24 6ZP
Tel: 01779 476881



38A High Street West, Inverurie, AB51 3QR
Tel: 01467 625343



11 Marischal Street, Peterhead




Used computer equipment can often be reused and repaired if necessary. Contact the organisations listed to find out more about donating or buying used computer equipment:

Local Organisations

ReBoot (Moray Computer Recycling)

9 Greshop Road, Greshop Industrial Estate, IV36 2GU
Tel: 01309 671 681

Collects, upgrades and redistributes used computers, printers and software.

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Community Re-Paint Scheme

Local Organisations

Isobel Davidson

About Turn, Civic Amenity,
Hospital Rd, Ellon, AB41 8PF
Tel: 01358 722 881

Collects and redistributes old paint.



Clothes, shoes, curtains, bedding and small household items can be donated to your local charity shops where they will be sold and reused by other people. Specialist second hand clothes shops that buy and sell second hand clothes are also popular in some areas.

The list below shows where your second hand clothes and local charity shops are:

Charity Shops

Local Shops
See: Reuse/Reuse/Charity Shops  

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Your used furniture can often be sold or donated for reuse. Some items may be suitable for trading in as part payment for new items or could be sold at auction, to antique shops or through adverts in local papers. Alternatively you may wish to donate good quality items to charitable organisations.

Outlets for furniture reuse in your area are shown in the list below:


Local Organisations

Scottish Churches Housing Agency

28 Albany St, Edinburgh, EH1 3QH
Tel: 0131 477 4500

National furniture redistribution.

Helping Hands Christian Association

Tel: 01358 720830


The Box Room

Unit 5, Tillybrake Industrial Estate,
Tillybrake Road, Banchory, AB31 5UN
Tel: 01330 823800




Auction Houses

Thainstone Specialist Auctions

Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie, AB51 5XZ
Tel: 01467 623875

Specialist Auctions.


Antique Dealers

Local Shops

Auld Alliance (Antiques) Ltd

Dinnet, AB34 5JY
Tel: 01339885662


McCallum's Restorations

11 Fraser St, Aberdeen, AB25 3XT
Tel: 01224 622 052


Magic Lantern

Nethercorskie, Westhill, AB32 7EL
Tel: 01330 860 678

Furniture, Porcelain, China Restoration.

Browse Around Antiques

19 South High St, Portsoy, Banff, AB45 2NT
Tel: 01261 842 582


Browse Around Antiques

13 Seafield St, Cullen, Moray
Tel: 01542 841 024

Furniture, Porcelain, China Restoration.


Trade In Furniture Shops

Local Shops

Middle 'O' The Road

Charlestown Road, Aboyne, AB34 5HS
Tel: 01560 329060



Tarnshaven, Gauch Hill, Kintore, AB51 0XQ
Tel: 01467632336


Alternatively, used furniture can often be sold in local newspapers with classified sections. For a list of papers with classified sections in your area, click here.

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