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West Lothian: Reuse

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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

82 Almondvale Centre, Almondvale South,
Livingston, EH54 6HR
Tel: 0845 1657081


Argos Ltd

24b Whitburn Rd, Bathgate, EH48 1HH
Tel: 0845 1657300



54-60 George St ,Bathgate, EH48 1PF
Tel: 01506 652363



112 Almondvale Centre , Almondvale,
Livingston, EH54 6HT
Tel:01506 442078



4 Regent Centre, Blackness Road,
Linlithgow, EH49 7HU
Tel: 0845 6779432



Blackburn Road, Falkirk, EH48 2ES
Tel: 0845 6779033



Almondvale Centre, Town Centre,
Livingston, EH54 6ND
Tel: 01506 335980



Gallowsknowe , Falkirk Road, Linlithgow, EH49 7PE



Centre North, Almondvale Boulevard,
Livingston, EH54 6QT
Tel: 01506 461989



Carmondean Centre, Livingston, EH54 8PT
Tel: 01506 433224



25 West Main St, Whitburn, Bathgate, EH47 0QB
Tel: 01501 740474


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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

Academic Book Trade

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.


Second Hand Sports Memorabilia

Local Retailers

A1 Memorabilia

33 Avalon Gardens, Linlithgow, EH49 7QE
Tel: 08707 664946


Almondvale Programmes

46 Tern Brae, Livingston, EH54 6UP
Tel: 01506 412797




Local Retailers


Unit 110 Almondvale Centre, Livingston, EH54 6HR
Tel: 01506 442957


Gamestation Ltd

6 Almondvale Centre, Almondvale South,
Livingston, EH54 6HR
Tel: 01506 444158


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Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  


Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Linlithgowshire Journal & Gazette

114 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AQ
Tel: 01324 622077


Herald & Post (West Lothian)

Barclay House, 108 Hollyrood Road,
Edingburgh, EH8 8AS
Tel: 01506 503400


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).

Armadale Car Boot Sale

Greyhound Track, Armadale Stadium, Armadale
Tel: 0776 5244295


Bathgate Open Air Market

Whitburn Road, Bathgate

Every Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-4pm.


Charity Shops

Local Shops

British Red Cross

221 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7EN


Cancer Research UK

107 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7EQ
Tel: 01506 848552



82 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AQ
Tel: 01506 840400


Help the Aged

25 East Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5AB
Tel: 01506 856840


Sense Scotland

89/91 South Bridge Street, Bathgate, EH48 1TJ
Tel: 01506 654498


Sue Ryder Care

36 East Main Street, Broxburn, EH52 5AE
Tel: 01506 853947




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.

HomeAid West Lothian

Tel: 01506 652230



Antique Dealers

Local Shops

Celtic Antiques

'Junar Tigh', 1 Mill Road, Blackburn, EH47 7LR
Tel: 01506 651079


Country Antiques

30 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7AE
Tel: 01506 671201


Millburn Antiques

Millburn, Old Philipstoun, Linlithgow, EH49 7RY
Tel: 01506 834368


Town & Country

20 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7EJ
Tel: 01506 845509


Bowden Antiques

Bowden Springs Fishery, Linlithgow, EH49 6QE
Tel: 01506 846420


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.

WEEE Items

Local Retailer

WEEE Partnership

113 North High Street, Musselburgh
Tel: 0131 663 1131

The WEEE Partnership collects disused electrical and electronic equipment for repair, refurbishment or recycling and can arrange collections if you have several items for uplift, eg office IT equipment.


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