Reduce and reuse waste

It's great to recycle your waste, but if you can avoid producing waste in the first place, that's even better for the environment.  Everything we buy and use has an impact on the environment, so if you can reduce your waste by not creating things, or find ways to use them for longer, that's the best thing to do.

Reducing your waste in Edinburgh

There are loads of places in Edinburgh which help you avoid waste and help you to re-use things. From toy and tool libraries, to refill shops, this is a great place to start:

Find out more at Shrub Co-op 

Household items

Find out about how to fix, give or get goods or services with Changework's Reuse map

For large items that you no longer need that are still in good condition, you can have them collected by an organisation listed on the Re-use Tool

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.