Don't forget, waste collections will be a day later than usual all this week after the spring bank holiday.
Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Introduction

Recycling is great, but reducing and reusing is even better.

Reduce waste by avoiding creating it in the first place, buying differently and buying fewer new things.

Reusing items, for their original purpose or a new purpose, gives them a new lease of life and helps us reduce waste.

Simply giving or receiving ‘passed on’ items – borrowing or for keeps – helps us both reduce and reuse.

Depending on the interests of your community group and the space available, you may wish to focus on particular types of items. For example:

  • Toy libraries are great for groups supporting children and young people
  • Gardening clubs may be interested in saving money by sharing more expensive tools, like hedge trimmers or shredders
  • Hobby and craft clubs share equipment and gadgets to help other enthusiasts

SHARE Frome – a library of things  is a community charitable venture that lends out donated items to local people. From power tools to camping gear, party lighting to PA systems, kids costumes to candy floss machines, SHARE Frome has over 800 items to borrow, all a great prices.

SHARE also has other services they offer such as customer repairs, a mini charity shop and they hire out their town centre space to others.  They also have a Library of Things Starters Kit full of useful resources that people can use to start their own Library of Things.

 

Online exchange platforms

Freegle, Freecycle and other free exchange websites are a great way to offer usable items you no longer need, and for others to request them. There are many established local groups in Somerset with thousands of active members – they are worth joining.

Local free exchange groups in Somerset include:

For links to the national organisations and other local groups around the UK see Freegle and Freecycle

Alternatively, look up your local area’s Facebook “buy and sell” page.

Charity shops

By donating or buying from charity shops you are contributing to reducing and reusing, as well as saving money.

Whether it is clothes, furniture, bric-a-bric or electricals, charity shopping or donating also generates much needed income for good causes.

A number of charity shops sell donated good quality furniture alongside bric-a-brac, books and clothing to raise much needed funds.

The British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store in Taunton can offer a free collection of unwanted furniture and electrical items to raise funds. Contact them on 0844 248 9122 or visit British Heart Foundation for queries or to arrange a collection. Dorothy House Hospice Care and a furniture shop in Frome.

St Margaret’s Hospice can offer a free collection of some furniture. To find out more visit their website book your free collection collection.

Most charity shops sell everyday items such as bric-a-brac, CDs, clothing, DVDs and toys, so please consider donating your unbroken and unwanted items to a charity shop rather than sending them to a landfill.

A number of charities also collect items like foreign currency, mobile phones, printer cartridges, and stamps which are recycled or refurbished to raise funds.

To find your nearest charity shop outlet, see the Charity Retail Association website.

You may also be interested in Local Furniture Reuse Organisations which collect some reusable furniture, appliances and miscellaneous items to help people in need.

Scraps stores

Businesses can donate clean, safe unwanted materials (such as foam off-cuts, textiles and plastic lids). Scrapstores sell these materials at a low cost to schools and community groups for reuse in arts and crafts projects.

Scrap stores in Somerset:

Yeast Scrapstore Glastonbury

Address: Unit 7 Dyehouse Lane, Glastonbury, BA6 9LZ
Phone: 01458 832345
Email: info@yeastscrapstore.co.uk
Facebook: Yeast Scrapstore

Yeovil Scrapstore and Community Resource Service

Address: The Community Resource Centre, 27 Market Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1HZ
Phone: 01935 472407
Email: scrapstore@thehubyeovil.co.uk

And outside Somerset County:

The Childrens Scrapstore, Weston-super-Mare

Address: The Motex Centre, Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3YW
Phone: 01934 416286

Last reviewed: March 26, 2024 by Beth

Next review due: September 26, 2024

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