Reduce and reuse waste

Find out how you can reduce and reuse waste. 

Household items

Use the interactive Edinburgh charity shop and reuse map to find your nearest charity shop. You can also phone Re-use on

0800 0665 820.

The Too Good To Waste guide is an A to Z guide of practical ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in Edinburgh.

Exchange schemes advertise items for free to reuse in your local area. Examples of exchange schemes include Edinburgh Freegle.

Food waste

For advice on composting your unused fresh fruit and vegetables visit the Changeworks home composting website.

For tips on reducing food waste visit the Love Food Hate Waste campaign website.

Make shopping choices that help you save money and help the environment.

Take the Kitchen Canny Challenge and reduce your household's food waste.

Junk mail

Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive

You can avoid the carrier bag charge and help make Edinburgh a greener city by re-using your carrier bags.

Real nappies

Modern reusable nappies are practical and easy to use and an eco-friendly alternative to disposable nappies. Edinburgh residents can try them out with a subsidised starter kit - visit the Changeworks real nappy website for more information.

Packaging waste

Find out where you can reduce packaging waste when you shop.