These can be returned to most major mobile retailers. Some local schools and charity shops also collect old mobiles for recycling.
Each year over 21 million old CDs are thrown away in the UK. A new online service allows you to trade in your unwanted CDs for cash. Musicmagpie pays between 25p and £3 for each CD sent in using its free service, simply type in the barcode numbers from your old discs to see how much they’re worth.
Think about upgrading before replacing. However, you can donate your defective/obsolete computer equipment to nearby not-for-profit organisations that combine good environmental practice with social benefits by training the unemployed.
Please note that when getting rid of your old computer equipment you should ensure that you first remove and any personal information that you may have stored on them, such as photographs and letters.
Support your local Furniture Reuse store. You can arrange to have old furniture collected and saved from landfill. They have some really great deals on second hand furniture and can arrange delivery.
St Thomas Community Network Furniture Store
Tel: 01384 237993
Community Transport is an alternative organisation who may be able to collect bulky items which are ‘too good to throw’. They have bases in Great Bridge and Wolverhampton where items can also be purchased.
'Loaves n Fishes' is a Christian based project located in the borough of Sandwell, serving those suffering hardship in parts of Birmingham and the Black Country.
Donations of furniture, other household goods, children’s items and clothing are provided to disadvantaged people free of charge. Beds, bedding and curtains are particularly sought-after.
27 Lotus Drive, Cradley Heath, West Midlands B64 5PN
www.loavesnfishes.co.uk / firstname.lastname@example.org / 0121 559 7443
This is a global movement made up of local networks on the freecycle website. The internet site matches people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. Everything must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages.
Support your local milk man and have your milk delivered in a reusable glass bottle rather than a disposable plastic one (glass milk bottles are reused an average of 13 times). Click on this link to find the details of your local milk man.
These can be recharged 100s of times, saving both money and helping to reduce the amount of hazardous waste you produce. If you can’t avoid buying disposable nappies, then these can be recycled at the Household waste recycling centre and certain electrical stores.
Energy efficient light bulbs
These could save you money, and also last up to 8 times longer than traditional light bulbs. Energy saving bulbs can also be recycled at the Household waste recycling centre along with fluorescent tubes.