By reusing items around the house or by buying second hand you can do your bit to reduce the amount of waste thrown away into landfill.

There are loads of simple changes you can make around the house to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

These might include:

Why not hire the items you need?

if it’s the kind of equipment you only use occasionally e.g. high pressure cleaner, wall paper stripper, carpet cleaner – why clutter up the house? Look up hire companies in the telephone directory or internet – you’ll be amazed at the range of things you can hire;

Buy ‘pre-loved’

instead of buying brand new why not see if you can pick up a bargain by buying ‘pre-loved’ items? There are plenty of waste exchange websites like ebay, gumtree, freecycle and freegle and free ads papers where you can pick up unwanted items such as furniture, books, tools etc for a fraction of the cost of buying new;

Sell unwanted items

before you bin those completed computer games, old hamster cage or that dress you haven’t fitted into for years why not make a bit of money from them? Your unwanted items may be just the thing for someone else, try selling them on an exchange website or at a local car boot sale?

Make your own lunch

instead of buying an expensive prepackaged sandwich or salad for lunch why not make your own at home. Use reusable containers such as tupperware to keep your food fresh. This will reduce the amount of packaging waste you dispose of and save you money;

Ditch cling film and foil and store food in re-sealable containers, such as Tupperware, instead;


why not join a book or toy library so you can borrow them instead of buying. Better still why not borrow and swap items with family and friends;

DVDs, computer games and CDs

hire them instead of buying them new, great services are available online and can be cheaper than hiring them from the high street. Your local library may have a good stock too;


before you throw away broken items, ask yourself can they be repaired? Broken or faulty items such as bicycles, furniture, computers, electrical appliances shoes and clothes could be repaired at a fraction of the cost of buying new.

  • Reuse – Reusing items is a good thing to do because it:
  • extends the life of materials saving the Earths natural resources
  • saves energy which helps to reduce the risk of climate change
  • reduces the amount of waste you send to landfill
  • saves you money

Some items are specifically designed to be reused e.g. rechargeable batteries or ‘real’ cloth nappies.
Even if you have unwanted items in your home it is very likely they can be reused by someone else once you have finished with them e.g. clothes, books and furniture.