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Getting into the recycling habit is fantastic. But even better is reducing the amount we throw away in the first place. Here are some easy ways to play your part.


Borrow, share or donate

There are lots of organisations that are delighted to take usable goods, like furniture and appliances, off people's hands. Some of these are:

Find your nearest charity shop

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WARPit online community re-use network


If you are a member of a voluntary or community group in Bath and North East Somerset, and are looking for free office items or furniture for your organisation, why not join the BathNES Community network called WARPit . This online re-use network has lots of surplus items to give away to local groups who need them.

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Love Food Hate Waste

Every year we throw away £4 billion worth of food because we cook or prepare too much.  This amounts to 6.7 million tonnes, and most of this is food that could have been eaten!

Avoid this by cooking and buying the right amount of food, using your leftovers and storing your food carefully to make your purchases last longer.

The Love Food Hate Waste website is a great source of information, hints and tips about how to make the most of your food. Remember to compost where you can.


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Love Your Clothes

Did you know?

The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes- and around 30% of clothing in wardrobes has not been worn for at least a year.

Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use would lead to a 5-10% reduction in the carbon, water and waste used in the clothing manufacturing process and result in savings of around £2 billion in the direct cost of waste associated with UK clothing.

An estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.

The Love Your Clothes campaign, aims to help you change the way you buy, use and get rid of clothes across the clothing lifecycle.

It has lots of information and practical tips to help you to: 

  • Buy smart e.g. list before you buy, choosing clothes that last longer, are pre-owned, integrate easy care technologies.
  • Extend the useful life of your existing clothes e.g. repairing items, accessorising, and laundry care.
  • Ensure your unwanted clothes are re-used or clothes unsuitable for re-use are recycled.

Find out more

Don't forget that we collect your clothes, shoes and other clean textiles such as towels and sheets in your green box recycling collection. Please put them in a plastic bag to keep them dry. Alternatively, you can take them to any of our Recycling Centres or charity clothing banks across the area.


Clothes swap

Why not run a clothes swap with your friends or community group to raise funds?  We can offer you advice and support with a guidance pack, publicity and loan you clothes stands, hangers, and mirrors.  To download our clothes swap guidance pack please click here

For more information on passing on textiles for re-use please click here

Give and Take days

Give and Take days are re-use events where people can donate household items that are good quality and in working order that they no longer need, and pick up something they want for FREE - including, books, bric-a-brac, bikes, toys, clothing or small items of furniture. You don't need to donate to take! All items must be in good re-usable condition. By re-using things it reduces the amount of natural resources such as oil, minerals, water and wood that we use.  If you would like to organise your own Give and Take day we can offer you advice and support with a guidance pack.  To download our Give and Take day guidance pack, please click here.

Repair Cafés

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). At Repair Cafés you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need on a variety of items such as clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery and toys. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café.

The first Bath Repair Cafe took place in April 2017 and more are planned. To find out dates and venues visit

Advice for workplaces

Businesses and public sector organisations can all take simple steps to reduce and re-use their business waste. Catering, stationery and re-using furniture could all be part of your strategy.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme's Business Resource Efficiency Hub is an excellent source of information on how being efficient with your resources can reduce waste and save money.

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