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Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle UK

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This article focuses on information specific to the United Kingdom. Please see our Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle page for a topic overview.


  • Recipro, helps community and charity projects looking for building materials
  • Reuse It Yourself, information on setting up a building material reuse enterprise
  • Reuseful UK, charity that promotes and supports creative reuse
  • How to Set Up a Repair Event in Your Community, July 2015 Make Do And Mend
  • How to...Organise a Swish! August 2015 Make Do And Mend


Map of Potential, Existing and Prevented Incinerators, United Kingdom Without Incineration Network



News and comment[edit]


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Apr 24 Oxfordshire: The library of things: could borrowing everything from drills to disco balls cut waste and save money? [1]

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Jan 9 Climate news 2019: Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force [2]

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Jan 5 Wales news: Going plastic-free: The rise of zero-waste shops [3]


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Dec 7 Totnes: ShareFest brings people together to share, repair, swap and make [4]


Make supermarkets and drinks firms pay for plastic recycling, say MPs, Dec 22 [5]

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Edinburgh: Every town needs a remakery, Mar 15 [6]

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Wales news: Wales recycling efforts shine on the world stage, Mar 13 [7]

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Surrey: How Farnham UK’s Repair Café Takes a Bite Out of Waste, Feb 23 [8]


UK consumes far less than a decade ago, according to official government figures. Feb 29 [9]


Repair and Re-use Resources, September 10 [10]

Where to Learn Really Re-Useful Skills, September 8 [11]

The Journey of Setting up a Reuse and Repair Centre – a solution for a circular economy, January 16 [12]


The rise of mending: how Britain learned to repair clothes again, May 19 [13]



September 7 - 13 Zero Waste Week

May 3 - 9 International Compost Awareness Week

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Recycling in the United Kingdom

External links[edit]

  • Freegle, British organisation that aims to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering an Internet-based service where people can give away and ask for things that would otherwise be thrown away. It is free to use and works in a similar way to the international Freecycle. W
  • Freeworld-Recycling, an organisation dedicated to 100% free & local community recycling, salvage and reuse of household items

  • The Restart Project, London-based social enterprise aiming to revive electronics repair in order to reduce waste
  • Waste Watch, non-profit, sustainability organisation based in the UK, inspiring people to live more and waste less. Waste Watch aims to improve well-being and the environment on a local and global level, by changing the way we live; such as the ways we produce, buy, use and dispose of things. The organisation primarily works with community groups, businesses, schools and other not-for-profit organisations. W


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  1. The Guardian
  2. BBC News
  3. BBC News
  4. Network of Wellbeing
  5. The Guardian
  9. The Guardian
  12. REconomy
  13. The Guardian