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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 7, Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk, FK1 1HG
Tel: 0845 1657252



53 South Street, Bo'ness, EH51 9HA
Tel: 01506 822518



71-73 High Street, Falkirk, FK1 1EQ
Tel: 01324 623935



Grahamston Retail Park,
Grahams Road, Falkirk, FK1 1LW
Tel: 0845 6779282



Link Road, Bo'ness, EH51 9AN
Tel: 0845 6779095



Meadow Street, Falkirk, FK1 1RP
Tel: 0845 6779280



Talbot Street, Falkirk, FK3 8HU
Tel: 0845 6779311



3 Newmarket Street, Falkirk, FK1 1JX
Tel: 01324 636191


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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

Almond Tree Christian Book & Coffee Shop

Melrose Place, Dundee Court, Falkirk
Tel: 01324 626000


Sleeves Records and Tapes

4 Cow Wynd, Falkirk
Tel: 01324 625 275


Wesley Owen Books & Music

1 Glebe Street, Falkirk
Tel: 01324 612955


Academic Book Trade

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.


Second Hand Music Shops

Local Retailers

Cash Convertors

18 High St, Falkirk, FK1 1EY
Tel: 01324 670 371


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Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Falkirk, Grangemouth & Linlithgow Advertiser

Redbrae Road, Camelon, Falkirk, FK1 4ZA
Tel: 01324 690213


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

41 King Street, Stenhousemuir, FK5 4HD


Cancer Research UK

30 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth, FK3 8BG
Tel: 01324 666 266


Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland

Manor Street, Falkirk
Tel: 0800 31 60 555




Local Retailers


Unit 34 Howgate Centre, Falkirk, FK1 1HG
Tel: 01324 637669


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Community Re-Paint Scheme

Local Organisations

Kenny Green

Alloa Community Enterprise Ltd,
Block 1, Ward Street, Alloa, FK10 1ET
Tel: 01259 215090, Fax: 01259 727900




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.

Grangemouth Enterprises

Tel: 01324 474409


Falkirk Homeless Project

FHP Warehouse, 14 Nisbet Drive, Denny
Tel: 01324 823129




Auction Houses

Auction rooms

Castle Laurie, Bankside, Falkirk
Tel: 01324 623000



Antique Dealers

Local Shops

K & L Collectables

Innisfree, Reddingmuirhead, Falkirk, FK2 0DT
Tel: 01324 714 795

French Kitchenware.


Trade In Furniture Shops

Local Shops

The Trading Post

3 Bean Row, Falkirk, FK1 1PH
Tel: 01324 622889


The Furniture Warehouse

7 Burbank Road, Fallkirk, FK2 7PE
Tel: 01324612229


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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