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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

50b Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2BX
Tel: 0845 1657179



42 Orchard CroftThistle Centre,
Thistle Centre, Stirling FK8 2EE
Tel: 01786 472831



Springfield Terrace, Dunblane, FK15 9AE
Tel: 01786 427500



Wallace Street, Stirling, FK8 1NP
Tel: 0845 6779658



Drip Road, Stirling, FK8 1RA



Munro Rd, Springkerse Industrial Estate, FK7 7UU
Tel: 01786 448231


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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

Stirling Book Buyer

56 Baker Street, Stirling
Tel: 01786 478591


Stirling Books

18 Maxwell Place, Stirling
Tel: 01786 461816


Bridge of Allan Books

2 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan
Tel: 01786 834483



Arts and Antiques Centre, 1 Mile West of Doune on the A8 Callendar Road, Doune
Tel: 01786 841 203


Academic Book Trade

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.


Second Hand Music Shops

Local Retailers

Europa Music

10 Friars Street, Stirling
Tel: 01786 448623


Second Sound

33 Crawford Arcade, Stirling
Tel: 01786 449569


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Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Stirling Observer - Money Maker

Tel: 01786 451111


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).

Callander Car Boot Sale

Behind Rob Roy Visitor Centre, Callander
Tel: 01786 474454

Intermittent Saturdays.


Charity Shops

Local Shops

British Red Cross

70 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2BX


Cancer Research UK

19 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 1DQ
Tel: 01786 479132


Cancer Research UK

76 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2BX
Tel: 01786 445661


Help The Aged

Help the Aged, 9 King Street, Stirling, FK8 1DN



79 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 1AU
Tel: 01786 462380



71 Port Street, Stirling, FK8 2ER
Tel: 01786 478150



72 Main Street, Callander, FK17 8DB
Tel: 01877 339039



53/55 Barnton Street, Stirling, FK8 1HH


Sue Ryder

17 High Street, Dunblane
Tel: 01786 825513




Local Retailers


Unit 24 The Thistle Centre, Stirling, FK8 2DE
Tel: 01786 449882



within Debenhams, 17- 21 Thistle Centre,
Stirling, FK8 2DL
Tel: 01738 449663


Gamestation Ltd

26 Murray Place, Stirling, FK8 2DD
Tel: 01786 460259


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Community Re-Paint Scheme

Local Organisations

Kenny Green

Alloa Community Enterprise Ltd, Block 1,
Ward Street, Alloa, FK10 1 ET
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:


Auction Houses

Alba Auctions

16b Dumbarton Road, Stirling
Tel: 01786 472221


Robertson’s of Kinbuck

Main Street, Kinbuck
Tel: 01786 822603



Antique Dealers

Local Shops

Arts and Antiques Centre

1 Mile West of Doune on the A84 Callendar Road, Doune, FK16 6HD
Tel: 01786 841 203


Eilean Burchess Antiques & Collectables

35 Strathmore Ave, Dunblane, FK15 9HX
Tel: 01786 823361

Fishing Tackle, General Antiques & Information.

This And That

Unit 3-6 Kildean Market, Stirling, FK9 4AA
Tel: 01786 473 414


Abbey Antiques Ltd

4 Friar St, Stirling, FK8 1HA
Tel: 01786 447840


Aberfoyle Antiques

Braeval Old Mill, Braeval, Aberfoyle, FK8 3UY
Tel: 01877 382 400



Trade In Furniture Shops

Local Shops

AM2PM Secondhand Furnishing

54a Duke Street, Denny, FK6 6NP
Tel: 01324 826327


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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