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Edinburgh: Reuse

Select an item from the drop down menu to find out how it can be reused.

 
 

 

Paper

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
www.argos.co.uk

52 Kinnaird Park, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD
Tel: 0845 1657416

 

Argos Ltd
www.argos.co.uk

11-15 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SB
Tel: 0845 1657183

 

Argos Ltd
www.argos.co.uk

Unit 7, Craigleith Retail Park, South Groathill Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 2LN
Tel: 0845 1657256

 

Woolworths

142 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BQ
Tel: 0131 229 4644

 

Woolworths

36 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HN
Tel: 0131 332 2613

 

Woolworths

181 St. Johns Road, Corstorphine,
Edinburgh, EH12 7SL
Tel: 0131 334 6644

 

Woolworths

170 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6AQ
Tel: 0131 554 3872

 

Woolworths

25 Milton Link, Milton Road, Edinburgh, EH15 3QH
Tel: 0131 669 1298

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

15 Dumbryden Road, Edinburgh, EH14 2AB
Tel: 0845 6779744

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

226 Willowbrae Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7NG

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

30 Meadow Place Road, Corstorphine,
Edinburgh, EH12 7UQ
Tel: 0845 6779193

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

Broughton Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4EW
Tel: 0845 6779245

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

94 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9EW
Tel: 0845 6779247

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

Colinton Mains Drive, Colinton,
Edinburgh, EH13 9AH
Tel: 0845 6779249

 

Tesco
www.tesco.com

Ferry Muir, South Queensferry, EH30 9QZ
Tel: 0845 6779643

 

ASDA
www.asda.co.uk

Newmarket Road, Chesser, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ
Tel: 0131 442 6750

 

ASDA
www.asda.co.uk

100 The Jewal, Brunstane, Edinburgh, EH15 3AR
Tel: 0131 669 9151

 

Lakeland Limited
www.lakelandlimited.com

55 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PJ
Tel: 0131 220 3947

 

Sainsbury's

Moray Park, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5TS

 

Sainsbury's

9-10 St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2AF

 

Sainsbury's

Lothian Road, 3 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BQ

 

Sainsbury's

185 Craighleigth Road, Blackhall, Edinburgh, EH4 2EB

 

Sainsbury's

Cameron Toll Shopping Centre,
Lady Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4TH

 

Sainsbury's

Straiton Retail Park, Straiton Mains,
Edinburgh, EH20 9PW

 

Morrisons/Safeway

36 Cramond Road South,
Davidson's Main, Edinburgh, EH4 6AA
Tel: 0131 336 4234

 

Morrisons/Safeway

38 Comely Bank, Edinburgh, EH4 1AG
Tel: 0131 332 4469

 

Morrisons/Safeway

Bughtlin Market, Edinburgh, EH12 8UG
Tel: 0131 339 2073

 

Morrisons/Safeway

4 Piersfield Terrace, Portobello Road,
Edinburgh, EH8 7BQ
Tel: 0131 661 5661

 

Morrisons/Safeway

Hunters Tryst, 30 New Swanston, Edinburgh, EH10 7JA
Tel: 0131 445 5647

 

Morrisons/Safeway

102 Pilton Drive, Edinburgh, EH5 2HF
Tel: 0131 315 4970

 

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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
www.sas.org.uk

National supplier.

Centre for Alternative Technology
www.cat.org.uk

National supplier.

World Wildlife Fund
www.wwf.org.uk

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

Second Edition
www.secondeditionbookshop.co.uk

9 Howards Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5JP
Tel: 0131 5569403
email: secondeditionbookshop.co.uk

 

The Book Swop

28 Bruntsfield Place, Edinbrugh, EH10 4HJ
Tel: 0131 2299451

 

Gordon Wright Scottish Books

25 Mayfield Road, Edinbrugh, EH9 2NQ
Tel: 0131 6671300

 

Jaybooks
www.demon.co.uk

Rowl House, Roul Grove, Edinbrugh, EH12 7JP
Tel: 0131 3164034
email: djb@jaybooks.demon

Specialist in Science and Natural History

Armchair Books
www.armchairbook.co.uk

72-74 Westport, Edinbrugh, EH1 2LE
Tel: 0131 2295927
email: armchairbooks@hotmail.com

 

McNaughton's Bookshop
www.mcnauhtonsbookshop.com

3a & 4a Haddigton Place, Edinbrugh, EH7 4AE
Tel: 0131 5565897
email: mcnbooksAbtconnect.com

Tuesday to Saturday 9.30-17.30

Academic Book Trade
www.academicbooktrade.co.uk

Nationwide service that buys and sells second hand academic books.

 

Second Hand Music Shops

Local Retailers

Backtrack music
www.backtracksmusic.co.uk

17 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JS
Tel: 0131 2284898
email: tommy@backtracksmusic.co.uk

 

Black Lion Games

90 Buccleuch Street , Edinburgh , EH8 9NH
Tel: 0131 6672128

 

Vinyl Villans Records

5 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh,
Tel: 0131 5581170

Computer games & Videos.

The Oldies Museum

3a West Maitland Street , Edinburgh , EH12 5DS
Tel: 0131 2283240

 

Backbeat Records

31 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9HE
Tel: 0131 6682666

Computer games & Videos.

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Libraries

Local Services
See: Reduce/Use Services/Hire  

 

Local Papers with a Classified Section

Local Papers

Herald & Post Edinburgh

Barclay House, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh,
EH8 8AS
Tel: 0131 620 8965

 

Evening News (Edinburgh)

Barclay House, 108 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh,
EH8 8AS
Tel: 0131 620 8965

 

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

Services

The Car Boot & Market Calendar
www.carbootcalendar.com

listings of car boot sales in the UK.

The Car Boot Sales Directory
www.car-boot-sales-directory.co.uk

information on car boot sales, markets and fairs throughout the UK (a charge applies).

 

Charity Shops

Local Shops

Bethany Christian Trust

110b Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2DR
Tel: 0131 6245355

 

Bethany Christian Trust

17 Duke Street, Leith, EH6 8HG
Tel: 0131 6255400

 

Cancer Research UK

11 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JE
Tel: 0131 6671284

 

Cancer Research UK

130/132 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9EH
Tel: 0131 6670711

 

Cancer Research UK

15 Newkirkgate, Leith, EH6 6AD
Tel: 0131 5537086

 

Cancer Research UK

208 High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 2AU
Tel: 0131 6690894

 

Cancer Research UK

50 Home Street, Tollcross, EH3 9NA
Tel: 0131 2296252

 

Cancer Research UK

64 Main Street, Edinburgh, EH4 5AA
Tel: 0131 3364408

 

Cancer Research UK

87 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4AY
Tel: 0131 4528064

 

Capability Scotland

179 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4QP
Tel: 0131 4475905

 

Capability Scotland

217-219 St. Johns Road, Corstorphine, EH12 7UU
Tel: 0131 3343564

 

Capability Scotland

39-41 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LR
Tel: 0131 3153647

 

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

12 Easter Road , Edinburgh, EH7 5RG
Tel: 0131 6617730

 

DEBRA

27 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, EH9 1NQ
Tel: 0131 2291316

 

Edinburgh Cyrenians

107 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QW
Tel: 0131 6675046

 

Family Care

Thrift Shop 1 Family Care Inc, 6 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN
Tel: 0131 2294646

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

11 St Patricks Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9EZ
Tel: 0131 6672944

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

119a St Johns Roadt, Edinburgh, EH12 7SB
Tel: 0131 3349469

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

151 Morningside Road, Morningside, Edinburgh,
EH10 4AX
Tel: 0131 4478193

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

2 Montagu Terrace, Trinity, Edinburgh, EH3 5QX
Tel: 0131 5529138

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

40 Great Union Street, Leith, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 5540869

 

 

Games

Local Retailers

Game
www.game.uk.com

Unit 33, The Gyle Shopping Centre, Edinburgh,
EH12 9JU
Tel: 0131317 1707

 

Game
www.game.uk.com

32 St James Centre, Edinburgh , EH1 3SL
Tel: 0131 5578160

 

Game
www.game.uk.com

127 Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN
Tel: 0131 2253453

 

Game
www.game.uk.com

22 Cameron Toll Shopping Centre, 6 Lady Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 5PB
Tel: 0131 6661661

 

Game
www.game.uk.com

10 Frederick St,, Edinburgh, EH2 2HB
Tel: 0131 2259496

 

Gamestation Ltd
www.gamestation.co.uk

287 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8PD
Tel: 0131 5555188

 

Games Workshop Ltd

136 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS
Tel: 0131 2206540

 

 

Computers

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

Chips Edinburgh
www.chipsworld.co.uk

136 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9EH
Tel: 0131 6677001

Chips is truly Cyber land, nothing but wall-to-wall console games, accessories and DVDs; it's a games enthusiasts heaven. It opened in Edinburgh in late 2003 and is one of a string of independent franchises, allowing game boys and girls to buy, sell and trade new and second-hand console games, as well as try out the latest ones.

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Cameras

Second Hand Shops

Local Shops

Camerabase

122 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BX
Tel: 0131 4529614

 

Edinburgh Cameras

219 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4BX
Tel: 0131 4479977

 

 

Wood


Local Organisations

Community Compost Box Project

STIR Network, Edinburgh, EH7 5DR
Tel: 0131 6615671

Waste wood to make compost boxes,

 

Textiles

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  

 

Second Hand Clothes Shops

Local Shops

Armstrong

64-66 Clerk Street, Edinburgh,
Tel: 0131 6673056

 

Armstrong

83 Grass Market, Edinburgh,
Tel: 0131 220 557

 

Barnados Brides by Appointment

18-24 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2LZ
Tel: 0131 3377434

 

The Rusty Zip

14 Teviot Place, Edinburgh,
Tel: 0131 2264634

 

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Furniture

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:

Charities

Local Organisations

CHAI
For website, click here.


Tel: 0131 4422100
Email: chai@mail.wh1.org.uk

 

Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI)
For website, click here.


Unit 3 Bonnington Industrial Estate,
Edinburgh, EH6 5PY
Tel: 0131 5533444
email: efi@ecsh.org.uk

Furniture recycling; collection/redistribution Contact: Marilyn Airey; Email: homebasics@btclick.com

Fresh Start Edinburgh
for website, click here


Tel: 0131 4767741
email: fresh@start.fsbusiness.co.uk.

 

Niddrie Mission
for website, click here


Tel: 0131 6616955

 

Salvation Army - Leith


Tel: 0131 5550275
email: leithfurniturestore@yahoo.co.uk

 

Scottish Charities Warehouse

Norton Park School, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh,
EH7 5QY
Tel: 0131 4752400

Office furniture reuse schemeContact: Isabel Brown/Margaret Cameron . Fax: 0131 475 2401 Email: ibrown@albiontrust.org

Vulture Recycled Furniture Project
for website, click here.


Tel: 0131 5570743
email: eliza-jane@excite.com

 

Bethany Homemaker

33a Haddington Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4AG
Tel: 0131 4673993

Furniture recycling; collection/redistribution Contact: Marilyn Airey; Email: homebasics@btclick.com

Requip

170B Great Junction Street, , Edinburgh, EH6 5LJ
Tel: 0131 4762621

Office & household furniture

Scottish Churches Housing Agency

28 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QH
Tel: 0131 4774500
email: scotchho@ednet.co.uk

Produce starter packs for individuals or families on low income.

 

Auctions

Auction Houses

Thomson, Roddick & Medcalf Ltd

Unit44/3 Harden Green Business Park, Dalkeith,
EH22 3NX
Tel: 1314549090

 

Ramsay Cornish Auctioneers and Valuers

88 Jane Street, Midlothian, EH6 5HG
Tel: 0131 5537000
email: info@ramsaycornish.com

 

 

Antique Dealers

Local Shops

Trinity Curious

4-6 Stanley Rd, Edinburgh, EH6 4SG
Tel: 01315567084

 

The Thrie Estates

The Thrie Estates, Edinburgh, EH3 6RS
Tel: 01315567084

 

London Rd Antiques

15 Earlston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6RS
Tel: 0131 556 7084

 

D.L Cavagnah Antiques

49 Cockburn St, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
Tel: 0131 226 3391

 

Alan K.L. Jackson

67 Causeywide, 67 Causeywide, EH9 1QF
Tel: 0131 225 4532

 

Alan Lawson & Son

179-181 Causeywayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH
Tel: 01316621991

 

 

Trade in furniture shops

local shop

Abbeyhill Saleroom

Cadzow Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5SN
Tel: 0131 661 1442

 

Bethany Shop

32b Haddington Place, Leith, EH7 4AG
Tel: 0131 478 7868

 

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
www.weeep.org

113 North High Street, Musselburgh
Tel: 0131 663 1131
Email: iwmg@btconnect.com

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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