Re-use and recycle

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Re-use and recycle

Recycling reduces the Carbon footprint of your waste and promotes wider environmental benefits. Every year in the UK, we send around 23 million tonnes of household waste to landfill, 60% of which could be recycled.

Landfills are particularly bad sources of greenhouse emissions because waste is buried, which causes it to break down and release methane, which is 33 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

In addition to what you might typically expect to be recycled e.g. paper, glass and aluminium, lots of other unwanted items can also be recycled from fridges to furniture.


What can I do?

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Recycling has never been easier. Recycle at home using your recycling bins or communal facilities.

Donate unwanted clothes to friends, family or charity if they are in reasonable condition.

Short showers use much less water than baths.

The charities included in this information article have a collection service and will collect items like furniture, some electrical appliances, clothes and toys free of charge.


Age UK:
0800 169 6565
British Heart Foundation
0844 412 5000

Furniture Donation Network:



2nd Generation Furnishings
The Tom Daly Centre, Stamford Street,
Stalybridge, SK15 1QU


Don’t Dump Donate
Unit 14, Pennant St Industrial Estate,
Oldham, OL1 3NP
Warm Homes Hub
0115 985 3000


The Mustard Tree
0161 2287331

Tree of Life


Wigan and Leigh Hospice
01942 525566


Help the Homeless (Help refurbish)




St John’s Hospice

Donate them on websites such as or sell them using an auction website such as If items no longer work or are in poor condition you can take them to a local Household Waste Recycling Centre. You can find your nearest recycling centre by visiting your local council’s website.

Please contact your local council for more information on waste, refuse and recycling. They will be able to tell you:

  • when your bin collections are
  • what you can recycle.
More advice

If you would like more advice on how to run your home more efficiently or are concerned about your utility bills please contact our Neighbourhood Engagement Team for a free energy advice.

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