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Repair and re-use

Often, the items we no longer want or need can be passed on to someone else and have a continuing useful life instead of becoming waste.

Save money - Buying second hand items can often be much cheaper than buying new and you can often find amazing one-off deals.

Help your local community - Donating items for re-use can help your local community, especially those in need, to buy items at an affordable price. By donating items for re-use you can give items away that you no longer want and know they will be appreciated by someone.

Save energy - Donating items for re-use helps save energy. A lot of energy goes into the production of new items so by re-using unwanted items first we can help reduce the need to produce new ones.

Protect the environment and conserve resources - Every time new items are made, raw materials are used – Extracting (mining, quarrying and logging) raw materials creates substantial air and water pollution. We can help reduced this by re-using items where possible rather than buying new.

Get selling

If your items are good quality why not turn them into cash? There are lots of ways to do this.

Sell your unwanted items online at places like eBay, Facebook, Gumtree and Preloved.
Take your items to local car boots or bring and buy sales.
Nearly new sales are a great place to sell your clothes, textiles and shoes.
Visit the high street - shops like Cash Convertors and CeX often buy your unwanted electricals.
Some shops will buy second hand clothes such as evening wear and vintage items.

Get donating

All nine household recycling centres will accept items for donation to the South Bucks Hospice shops at Aston Clinton and High Wycombe. You can ask a member of staff at any site if you can re use your item there.

Many charities will also come and collect your items, so why not give them a call to see if they can make use of them. There is a list at the bottom of the page.


When it comes to clothing, it's easy to Love your clothes. This allows us to save money and help the environment by making simple changes to the way we buy, use and get rid of our clothing.

Other tips on repair can be found below.

A simple repair could give an item of furniture a new lease of life
A quick stitch here and there could give an item of clothing a new look
Ask family friends to help – someone is certain to be nifty with a needle and thread or handy with a hammer or screwdriver
Lots of shops offer repair services – look on your high street or search online or in local directories

Local places to reuse my items

Bulky waste collections

Alternatively you can contact your district council and ask about their bulky waste collections. Please be aware that any bulky waste collected by the district council will not be re-used. Please click on your district council logo for more information.