Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

When we create the objects around us, (cars, tables, gadgets, clothes, etc.) we use energy to collect the materials, manufacture and transport them.  This creates CO2. The more stuff we buy – the more CO2 we create.

People may be getting better at turning their TV off standby – but we are buying more TVs!  Also whereas in the past people may have mended broken shoes, now we tend to throw them out and buy a new pair.

One of the best ways to reduce your emissions is to buy less stuff!  And try and buy things that will last and that we can mend or reuse in some way.

Before putting something in the bin and consigning it to be buried in a hole in the ground, think about whether it could be re-used or recycled in some way.


Recycling facilities have come a long way in Swindon in recent years. As well as the banks for paper, cans, glass, foil and the like which can be found in supermarket car parks and other places, many parts of Swindon are covered by a kerbside collection scheme for various recyclables. What can be recycled in your box depends which scheme is operating in your area. See Swindon Borough Council’s Reduce My Rubbish page for tips on reducing your waste, along with links to information about recycling facilities (“bring sites”) and kerbside collections in your area, and the household waste recycling centre in Cheney Manor.

Green waste (grass clippings, prunings, potato peelings, anything which comes from a plant really) can be composted in your garden, or can be put in green waste sacks for collection by the council.

If you’ve got an unwanted but usable item, you could give it to a charity shop or Freecycle it, rather than just throwing it away.

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them’s good people). Membership is free.

The Swindon Freecycle Network is open to all who want to “recycle” that special something rather than throw it away. Whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself! Nonprofit groups are also welcome to participate too! One constraint: everything posted must be free. This network is brought to you by The Freecycle Network, a nonprofit organization and a movement of people interested in keeping good stuff out of landfills.

The Swindon Childrens Scrapstore collect reusable waste from businesses to give to its members for re-use in the community – often for play and education.