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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

162-164 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1HW
Tel: 0845 1657303



163 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1DU
Tel: 01241 873396



11-19 St. David Street, Brechin, DD9 6EG
Tel: 01356 622717



17-21 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AE
Tel: 01307 462697



36-38 High Street, Montrose, DD10 8JP
Tel: 01674 673226



Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 1AZ
Tel: 0845 6779272



Western Road, Montrose, DD10 8LW
Tel: 0845 6779478



Hume Street, Arbroath, DD11 1UH
Tel: 01241 870900



Trinity Road, Brechin, DD9 6BJ
Tel: 01356 626149


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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

Book’s n Thing’s

5 Dishlandtown Street, Arbroath, DD11 1QX
Tel: 01241 431588


Strathmore Books

136 East High Street, Forfar, DD8 2ER
Tel: 01307 469777


Cruicible Christian Centre

17 Bank Street, Kirriemore, Angus, DD8 4BE
Tel: 01575 574040


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

Arbroath Herald Group

Burnside Drive, Arbroath, DD11 1NS
Tel: 01241 872274


Forfar Dispatch Group

Craig O'Loch Road, Forfar, DD8 1BU
Tel: 01307 464899


Brechin Advertiser

13 Swan Street, Brechin, DD9 6EE
Tel: 01307 464899


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).


Charity Shops

Local Shops

British Red Cross

122 East High Street, Forfar, DD8 2ER


Cancer Research UK

123 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1DP
Tel: 01241 431299


Cancer Research UK

176 High Street, Montrose, DD10 8JB
Tel: 01674 672890


Cancer Research UK

212 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1HY
Tel: 01241 878621


Cancer Research UK

56 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AB
Tel: 01307 466053


Capability Scotland

5 High St, Brechin, DD9 6ES
Tel: 01356 622788


Marie Curie Cancer Care

148 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1HW
Tel: 01241 872070



149/153 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1DR
Tel: 01241 871040



2 Orange Lane, Montrose, DD10 8ND
Tel: 01674 677252



5 East High Street, Forfar, DD8 2EL
Tel: 01307 468141



2 High Street, Montrose, DD10 8JL
Tel: 01674 673276


Salvation Army Trading Company

2/4 Bridge Street, Brechin, DD9 6HZ
Tel: 01356 625010



28-30 High Street, Montrose, DD10 8LU


Sue Ryder Care

106 High Street, Carnoustie, DD7 6NE
Tel: 01241 859213


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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: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Second Hand Clothes Shops

Local Shops

Book’s n Thing’s

5 Dishlandtown Street, Arbroath, DD11 1QX
Tel: 01241 431588


Strathmore Books

136 East High Street, Forfar, DD8 2ER
Tel: 01307 469777


Cruicible Christian Centre

17 Bank Street, Kirriemore, Angus, DD8 4BE
Tel: 01575 574040


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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.

Angus Starter Packs

Unit 21, Arbroath Business Centre,
31 Dens Road, Arbroath
Tel: 01241 878588

Angus Council has joined forces with a local charity to help individuals and families on low incomes get a good start when they get a new home.

Forfar Resource Store

Tel: 01307 469370


Furniture Recycling Project Angus







Auction Houses

B.L.Fenton and Sons

84 Victoria Road, Dundee, DD1 2JD
Tel: 01382 226227


Curr and Dewar

Unit E, 6 North Isla Street, Dundee, DD3 7QJ
Tel: 01382 833974



Antique Dealers

Local Shops

Gow Antiques & Restoration

Pitscaldy Farm House, Forfar, DD8 3NZ
Tel: 01307 465342


LoveJoys Antiques

Dundee Road, Letham, Forfar, DD9 2PR
Tel: 01307 818690



27 Baltic St, Montrose, DD10 8EX
Tel: 01674671307


Halfpenny Antiques

Unit 1 Halfpennyburn, Glamis Rd, Forfar


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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