Tips for Recycling Clutter and Reusing Unwanted Items
As the days start getting longer and the temperatures a little warmer, many of us begin to turn our attention to the annual spring clean. From clearing out the gutters to pulling up some weeds; scrubbing the bathroom tiles to dusting the ornaments, we all have different approaches to spring cleaning.
Yet still the most effective way to get that bright and airy feel in your home is by having a complete clear out of any unwanted items that may be taking up space, de-cluttering each room to maximise space and light.
With that in mind, here are a few recycling tips to get you started…
Charity Shops are your Friend
Clearing out your home doesn’t have to be a wasteful exercise in filling your wheelie bin with possessions you no longer need: anything that can be reused has a home in a charity shop. Clothes, old sports equipment, kitchen utensils, books, DVDs/CDs, children’s toys and more are all readily accepted in charity shops nationwide, making the most out of getting rid of your clutter.
Donating electrical items can be a little trickier, however, due to restrictions enforced by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Check that the charity shop is equipped to take this type of thing (all items may need to be safety checked before they will), or alternatively you can take advantage of one of the various schemes set up to deal with recycling electronics. The national, government-funded Recycle Now website is full of information regarding this and other recycling schemes that are available in your local area.
Make some Cash!
If you come across some items that you feel have a certain amount of value left in them, take to the internet and see what you can make! Online auction sites such as eBay or listings sites like Gumtree are stocked full of people’s unwanted belongings, and there is always a buyer for anything – no matter how obscure – somewhere on the internet. Be sure to include photographs and as much descriptive information as possible about your items, as this will aid the sale.
It may seem counter-productive to purchase a new wardrobe, cupboard or chest of drawers when trying to create more space, but keeping your clutter out of sight also keeps it out of mind. Get creative with your furniture: there are many storage options that are geared around taking up as little room as possible, and utilising existing furniture, such as under the bed or on top of kitchen cupboards, will help to increase the free space.
Whatever you are getting rid of during your spring clean or DIY project, the experts here at Woodford Recycling are on hand to carry out recycling services throughout the South East. Our onsite facilities are fully equipped to process a wide variety of waste, and we aim to recycle up to 100% of everything we receive, sending nothing to landfill.