Guest blogger, John McEntee, Marketing / Development Manager, Recycle IT
Reuse is an easy way to protect our environment and climate while ensuring the wellbeing of our community over the coming years. The success of reuse depends on active participation of all member of the community. Young and old can make a difference and Reuse Month, starting October 1st 2018 is a great place to start!
By everyone doing a little, we all can reduce the amount of waste that is deposited in landfill or incinerated. Thinking about the reuse of materials made from recycled materials helps maintain the recycling circle and its part in the circular economy.
We have listed 41 reduce and reuse tips – You might like some!
- Bring your food to school or work using a reusable tub.
- Rent or hire school books and school supplies (reuse).
- Hire gardening tools that you only use occasionally.
- Opt for long lasting low-energy light bulbs.
- Give your unwanted clothes a second life – rework or reuse.
- Research purchases e.g. appliances and televisions, to determine the most energy-efficient, durable, and repairable.
- Choose to buy bars of soap rather than liquid soaps.
- Think long life, durable and reuseable products e.g. razors or ink pens.
- Use rechargeable batteries at home or in office appliances.
- Avoid unnecessary purchasing of occasion products, e.g. Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
- Offer virtual gifts, such as tickets for a show, sports event or concert leading to reduced material content.
- Choose eco-friendly products – read the labels.
- Buys product with less or no packaging.
- Buy regular use products in bulk, e.g. tinned and jarred products.
- Reuse shopping bags.
- Try refillable products e.g. kids drinks or food pouches.
- Reuse plastic bottles for water from the tap.
- Bring a mug to work or the coffee shop for your daily coffee or tea.
- Drink tap water in the office from a reusable glass or cup.
- Prepared food at home for picnics while
- Reuse flasks, tubs, knives, forks, and reusable carry bags
- Use washable cloth napkins, sponges, and dish cloths.
- Choose fresh food rather than processed food – healthier & less packaging.
- Share files over email or file sharing. tools e.g. dropbox; to reduce printing.
- Recycle and consider purchasing reused ink cartridges.
- Reuse glass jars to store food, nails, screws and other useful household items.
- Punch holes in small jam jar lids to create a cheese or spice shaker.
- Approach office supply companies about purchasing used office equipment.
- Use you bike for exercise – rather than taking the car to the gym.
- Car share where distances are longer and where public transport is not accessible.
- Use only what you need e.g. one paper napkin, one ketchup, one salt instead of a handfuls.
- Take home any uneaten from restaurants in a doggie bag or box e.g. pizza
- Reuse garden cuttings to create a composed natural fertilizer.
- Share kids toys and books with family members and friends.
- Buy books second-hand and share used books at work or with avid readers!
- Remove lamp shades for reuse when recycling damaged lamps.
- Reuse a bike daily for work and leisure.
- Repair and reuse bike tyre tubes following a puncture.
- Reuse old pillows as stuffing for new cushions.
- Use both sides of the page when writing or drawing.
- Give your kids part printed paper for doodling.
In Ireland reuse is a means to prevent solid waste entering the landfill or an incinerator. Reusing improves community relations, builds friendships and encourages sharing. Reuse through sharing saves time and gives products a second and third life.
Reusing older toys can make children happy and parents less stressed. Reusing or sharing items like, books, golf clubs, tennis rackets or bikes allows people test out a hobby and save some money if its not for them. Can you see the benefits?
About Recycle IT
Recycle IT is and award-winning and the only Community Electronic Recycling Social Enterprise in Dublin providing a community collection service for all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Recycle IT offered collection services to 90,000 homes and businesses across Dublin and surrounding areas each year collecting a range of WEEE including monitors, TV’s and much more.