Carrier bags - Carrier bags are among the biggest contributors to landfill waste. This can be reduced by reusing plastic bags when you go shopping, or using them as bin liners.
Cards and paper - Before throwing away paper, make sure you have used both sides of the sheet. Envelopes can be used for rough notes and shopping lists and greetings cards can be reused to make gift tags.
Plastic containers - Margarine and ice cream tubs can be reused as storage containers. In the garden, yoghurt pots and food trays can make flower pots and seed trays.
The following is a list of some of the items which can be reused locally:
Arts and crafts material - Almost all non-toxic materials can be donated to scrap store schemes across the county.
Books and magazines - After you have finished reading, you can donate books and magazines to your local charity shop, hospital or daycare centre, or use other suggestions in our A-Z guide on waste.
Clothing and shoes - Unwanted clothes and shoes can be donated to your local charity shop. Charity shops tend to prefer 'as new' quality as they are looking to raise money for good causes.
Milk bottles - Glass milk bottles from the milkman are reused up to 24 times and are more environmentally friendly than the plastic ones from the supermarket.
Mobile phones - Mobile phones and their components can be reused. You can deposit unwanted handsets, batteries and accessories at your local recycling centre. Please remove SIM cards before depositing.
Toys - Toys relating to 'role play', such as garages, dolls' houses, dressing-up, etc. which are in working order may be suitable to donate to toy libraries. This not only helps to save the environment by reducing landfill, it could also help with the learning and development of children across the county.