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Reduce, reuse and repair

Reducing waste at home is a great way to save money and be kinder to the environment. This page will give you lots of tips and advice on how to waste less and save money.

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Recycling is great, but the best thing you can do is to reduce the amount of waste you create in the first place.

Reuse

After reducing your waste, reusing it is the next best thing. Think before you throw an item in the bin. Can it be reused for any other purpose? Is it of use to anyone else? Can it be donated to a charity? 

Do you even need to own the item in the first place?

Islington’s first Library of Things store allows residents and businesses to save money and reduce waste by affordably renting household items, like drills, carpet cleaners, sound systems and sewing machines for as little as a few pounds a day.

It helps cut down on household clutter, while ensuring that fewer items end up in landfill. Through the Library of Things website you will also be able to track the amount of waste and carbon emissions you are saving by borrowing instead of buying.

The store, which is grant funded through Islington’s Carbon Offset Fund is located at the Bright Sparks Reuse and Repair store at 176 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

There are lots of ways to reduce your waste

  • Put an end to junk mail

  • To arrange a chargeable reuse collection of furniture in good condition telephone Contact Islington on 020 7527 2000

  • Find your nearest charity shop to make a donation
  • There's no such thing as junk, only stuff that hasn't found the right person! Visit the clothes swapping pages to find out how you can swap, give away or find clothes for free that may otherwise go to waste. Why buy new clothes when you can join in the latest craze of clothes swapping or swishing?
  • Use reuse swapping sites eg Freecycle or Freegle
  • Use Bright Sparks who will come and collect your reusable items and pass them onto someone who needs them
  • Traid offers a free collection service of multiple bags of unwanted textiles from your door
  • Complete the booking form or telephone Traid direct on 020 8733 2595 to arrange a pick up
  • Use real cloth nappies with our £54.15 voucher scheme
  • Save an average of £50 a month on your food bill. For more information on how much you could save visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Repair

Repairing items for reuse not only saves you money but gives you a chance to wear, use and enjoy much loved items a little longer. 

North London Waste Authority has a great directory of repairers.

Repairing and reusing are simple actions that anyone can take to reduce the impact on climate change. 45% of global carbon emissions come from producing products we use every day. Keeping things in use for longer is an important part of tackling the climate crisis and achieving net zero carbon Islington by 2030.

Research by the London Recycles campaign has shown that Londoners are eager to repair and reuse things with over two thirds (69%) stating that they would repair more of their household items if they knew how.

Why repair items?

  • Help the environment by reducing the amount we send to landfill or energy from waste
  • Save yourself money by not buying new
  • Reduce carbon emissions by not making and transporting new products
  • Make your cherished items last longer
  • Learn new skills

Handypersons repair scheme

Islington’s handypersons’ scheme provides help with small repairs around the home. These might be things that the council’s repair service or a landlord would not normally cover.

More repair help

For more advice and information reuse, visit the London Recycles website or the North London Waste Authorities ‘Fix’ website

E-recycling

Freedom-Mobiles offers a price-checking price comparison site of prices paid for ipads and iphones mobile home technology.  Freedom-Mobiles doesn’t advertise or take commissions to compare mobile iphone cash trade ins. If you have more than 10 mobile phones or other IT assets to bulk recycle, please contact Freedom-Mobile directly for collection.

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