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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 8-10, St. Giles Centre, High St,
Elgin, IV30 1EA
Tel: 0845 1657357



163 High St, Elgin, IV30 1DR
Tel: 01343 547310



Blackfriars Road, Elgin, IV30 1TY



Nairn Road, Forres, IV36 2EY
Tel: 0845 6779289



King St, Nairn, IV12 4DN
Tel: 01667 454524


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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


142 High Street, Forres, IV36 1NP
Tel: 01309 676576


Academic Book Trade

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.


Second Hand Music Shops

Local Retailers

Sound & Vision

14 & 18 South St, Elgin, IV30 8PB
Tel: 01343 543 778


Sign of the Times

50 South St, Elgin, IV30 1JX
Tel: 01343 540 490


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Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Banffshire Journal

75-177 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1DP
Tel: 01343 551100


Forres Gazette

75-177 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1DP
Tel: 01343 548777


Northern Scot

75-177 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1DP
Tel: 01343 548777


Northern Scot Midweek Extra

75-177 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1DP
Tel: 01343 548777


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).

Elgin Market & CB The Auction Centre

New Elgin Road, Elgin
Tel: 01343 547047

Saturday 10am – 4pm.


Charity Shops

Local Shops

Blythswood Shops

5 North Street, Bishopmill, Elgin, IV30 4EG
Tel: 01343 550369


British Red Cross

39 West Church Street, Buckie, AB56 1BP


British Red Cross

80c South Street, Elgin, IV30 1JG


Cancer Research UK

185 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1DW
Tel: 01343 540551


Cancer Research UK

38-40 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BU
Tel: 01343 542563


Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland

77 High Street, Forres, IV36 0EA
Tel: 01309 675973



Unit 11, 45 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EE
Tel: 01343 549908



102 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BW
Tel: 01343 548183



85 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EA


Sue Ryder Care

51 West Church Street, Buckie, AB56 1BP
Tel: 01542 833361




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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Baby Equipment

Second Hand Shop

Local Shops

Tiny Tots

68 High Street, IV36 1PQ
Tel: 01309 671117

Collects & sells second hand baby equipment.



Local Organisations

Moray Wood Recycling Workshop

9 Chanonry Spur, IV30 6NA
Tel: 01343 546100




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.

Moray Youth Action

Tel: 01343 546214




Auction Houses

Robert Hendry and Son

167 Mid Street, Keith, AB55 5BL
Tel: 01542 882535


Forres Sale Room

Tytler Street, Forres, IV36 1EL
Tel: 01309 672422


Cluny Auctions

44 Commercial Road, Buckie, AB56 1XT
Tel: 01542 833318



Antique Dealers

Local Shops

A & A Duncan

The Smiddy, Drybridge, Buckie, AB56 5JL
Tel: 01542 832 271

Pine Furniture and General Antiques.

Giles Pearson Antique Country Furniture

Logie Steading, Dunphail, Forres, IV36 2QN
Tel: 01309 611 280


Art & Antiques

33- 35 High St, Fochabers, Morayshire, IV32 7DX
Tel: 01343 829104

General Antiques & Contempory Art.

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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