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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 Msu2b, Overgate Centre, Dundee, DD1 1UG
Tel: 0845 1657660



137 High St, Lochee, Dundee, DD2 3BX
Tel: 01382 611328



Wellgate Centre, Dundee, DD1 2DB
Tel: 01382 221323



251 Brook St, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 2AE



60 Murraygate, Dundee, DD1 2BB
Tel: 0845 6779216



Kingsway, Dundee, DD2 4TD
Tel: 0845 6779790



Methven Street, Lochee, Dundee, DD2 3DD
Tel: 0845 6779232



Riverside Drive, Dundee, DD2 1UG
Tel: 0845 6779229



7-9 Derwent Avenue, Dundee, DD3 0SZ
Tel: 01382 818818



Longtown Road, Milton, Dundee, DD4 7RX
Tel: 01382 503703



Baldovie Road, Claypots, Dundee, DD4 8UG



114 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1DS



140 Arbroath Road, Dundee, DD4 7PU
Tel: 01382 455057


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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

Big Bairn Books

17 Exchange Street, Dundee, DD1 3DJ
Tel: 01382 220225


Academic Book Trade

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.


Second Hand Music Shops

Local Retailers


132 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4ED
Tel: 01382 228 496


Diamond Deals

6 St. Andrews St, Dundee, DD1 2EX
Tel: 01382 204 940

Also sell computer games and videos, DVDs.

Cash Convertors

14- 16 Whitehall Cres, Dundee, DD1 4AU
Tel: 01382 228855

Also sell computer games & Videos.

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Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Evening Telegraph (Dundee)

80 Kingsway East, Dundee, DD4 8SL
Tel: 01382 455666


Courier and Advertiser (Dundee)

80 Kingsway East, Dundee, DD4 8SL


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


55 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1SP
Tel: 01382 203373


British Bone Society

112 City Road, Dundee, DD2 2PW
Tel: 01382 667603


British Red Cross

1 Cowgate, Dundee, DD1 2JF
Tel: 01382 322296



6-8 Lyon Street, Dundee, DD4 6RE
Tel: 01382 454648


Dundee Voluntary Action Thrift Shop

165 Albert Street, Dundee
Tel: 01382 455958


Help for abandoned Animals

51 Albert Street, Dundee, DD4 6NY


MacMillan Cancer Relief

58 Bell Street, Dundee
Tel: 01382 226150



202 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Tel: 01382 739262



6 Crichton Street, Dundee
Tel: 01382 226439



71 High Street, Dundee
Tel: 01382 612528


Save The Children

63 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, AB25 3XR
Tel: 01224 634967



93 Victoria Road, Broughty Ferry, DD2 2BP
Tel: 01382 737594



259 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, DD5 2AF
Tel: 01382 4772825


Whitfield Parish Church Thrift Shop

Whitefield Church Hall, Haddington Crescent,
Dundee, DD4 0NA
Tel: 01382 503012




Local Retailers


51 Murraygate, Dundee, DD1 2EA
Tel: 01382 322 834



in Debenhams, Overgate Centre, Dundee, DD1 1UE
Tel: 01382 228 963




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

Computer Recycling Services Ltd

Unit1 Block 22, Kilspindie Road,
Dunsinane Industrial Estate, Dundee, DD2 3JP
Tel: 01382 880444


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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: 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.

Tayside Furniture Project

Unit 7 Dudhope Mill, 73-89 Douglas Street,
Dundee, DD1 5AN
Tel: 01382 904 900

Free uplift of suitable items.

The Furniture Project

Tel: 01382 904900


Tayside Recyclers

South Dudhope Mill, 73 - 75 Douglas Street,
Dundee, DD1 5AJ
Tel: 01382 228 806


Starter Packs Dundee

South Dudhope Mill, 73 - 75 Douglas Street,
Dundee, DD1 5AJ
Tel: 01382 228 806



Antique Dealers

Local Shops

J. Lorimer Antique Restorations

The Old Smithy, Newbigging Rd,
Tealing, by Dundee, DD4 0QX
Tel: 01382 380348

mainly restoration.


151 Perth Rd, Dundee, DD2 1AR
Tel: 01382 6444431


Angus Antiques

4 St. Andrews St, Dundee, DD1 2EX
Tel: 01382 322 128



Trade In Furniture Shops

Local Shops

Albert Street Saleroom

124 Albert Street, Dundee, DD4 6QN
Tel: 01382 462233


King Buyer

201 Princess Street, Dundee, DD4 6DG
Tel: 01382 455111


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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