Our Handy List to Reuse & Recycle in Your Home

If you're preparing your home for selling or if you've just moved and you want to make improvements, there are some ways you can do this to limit your impact on the environment too. Here are some handy resources to help.

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1. DIY

Have you been putting off DIY jobs because you don’t have the right tools? Well with the Buy Nowt LS6 Library of Things there’s no excuse. Based in Headingley Methodist Church this pay-as-you-feel lending library has a range of tools and gardening equipment you can borrow to get the job done. Why buy when you can borrow? They have loads of other items too. Even a disco ball for your housewarming.


2. Paint

A fresh coat of paint can be a great way to prepare your home for sale or make it feel homely when you move in. Before heading to your local DIY store, check out Seagulls Paint. Seagulls is a nationally recognised community enterprise that seeks to improve the environment through recycling and reusing paint materials! Visit their website or shop in Burley LS4, where you can order paint to be delivered, have paint bespoke colour matched and even re-donate any unused paint. Plus, it’s great value too.


3. Wood

Have you got some leftover timber from your home renovations? Well before you throw it in a skip take a look at Leeds Wood Recycling, working similarly to a skip hire company, Leeds Wood Recycling will collect, sort, repurpose and recycle unwanted wood in some way! Preventing unnecessary landfill. For any future projects, give them a call and see if they have what you need. The friendly team are great at sourcing reclaimed scaffold boards or suggesting cheaper alternatives.


4. Childrens Toys and Equipment

A good declutter is a great way to make your home feel more spacious. As children grow and develop new interests it’s easy to accumulate unused toys and equipment, and before you know it every room in the house is taken over! Young Planet has the perfect solution for you to declutter and put a smile on another family’s face! With an easy-to-use app that enables parents to put no-longer-used children’s things to good use with new families and away from landfills for free, it has never been easier! Check out their website to find out more and get de-cluttering!


5. Electronics

We are all guilty of throwing away goods as soon as something goes wrong with them, but what if you could learn how to fix it yourself? Well, the Restart Project run restart parties, where people teach each other how to repair their broken and slow devices from tablets to toasters, iPhone’s and headphones, their motto is ‘Don’t despair just repair’, and we couldn’t agree more!


6. A Bit of Everything

If you're getting ready to move house and having a clear-out, or if you're looking to furnish your new home sustainably on a budget; check out Zero Waste Leeds. If you are looking to donate or buy furniture, clothing, books, CD’s, and more, there are various locations across the city including Emmaus, Leeds and Moortown furniture store, Martin House, Revive and plenty more! Go to their website to see all their locations!


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