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Reuse

Reuse - what
Reuse is the second stage of the Waste Hierarchy. Product reuse involves the multiple use of an item in its original form, for its original purpose or for an alternative, with or without reconditioning. In many cases waste that cannot be prevented can be reused instead of buying new products. For example, you can reuse rechargeable batteries numerous times to avoid waste from single use batteries. This helps to ensure that we get the most out of our waste and saves valuable natural resources. The table below gives examples of reusing waste that you can easily take part in.

Visit the Real Nappy section, which tells you WHAT real nappies are, HOW they are used and WHY they are worthwhile.

Reuse - why
Reusing YOUR waste:
  • Saves the Earth’s natural resources.
  • Saves energy and reduces the risk of global warming.
  • Reduces the need for landfill.
Reuse - where
You can find details of local and national outlets that offer products and services to help you reuse waste on the Sort It tool.

Reuse - how
The table below gives examples of reusing waste that you can easily take part in. You can visit Sort It for more information on how you can reuse your waste locally.
 
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Real Nappies
Visit the Real Nappy section to find out WHAT real nappies are, HOW they are used and WHY they are worthwhile.


WHAT
HOW
WHY
Reuse Reuse scrap paper and wrapping paper Avoids paper waste
  Reuse food containers and drinks bottles for storing food and packed lunches Avoids packaging waste
  Reuse postal packaging Avoids waste from envelopes etc
  Reuse boxes and packing cases Avoids packaging waste
  Reuse shopping bags or use cloth bags Avoids waste from plastic bags
  Donate computers to be reused Avoids electronic waste
  Trade, sell, donate or buy second hand books, comics, CDs, DVDs, games & videos Avoids waste from unwanted goods
  Donate textiles to be reused Avoids textile waste
  Donate or sell furniture to be reused Avoids waste from unwanted furniture
Recharge Use rechargeable batteries Avoids waste from batteries
Refill Use refillable products Avoids packaging waste
Avoid disposables Buy reusable alternatives, eg Real Nappies Avoids waste from single use products
Buy recycled Buy products made from recycled materials Saves resources needed to make new products
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