The WasteNot List

Garden & DIY

Items include: seeds, plants, gardening tools, garden ornaments, wind chimes, lawn mowers, power tools, paint, wallpaper, artificial grass, hooks, nails, screws, tacks, tiles, paint tester pots, twine, wood

Sell or Donate

  1. If you have too many seed packets, you can donate seeds to various charities.
  2. Swap plants, seeds and cuttings with family, friends and colleagues or join a Plant Swap group on Facebook.
  3. Wind chimes can be donated to some animal shelters.
  4. Garden centres will often take your unwanted plastic plant pots, which they put out for people to take for free.
  5. Donate your unwanted tools to charity projects.
  6. Some second hand items and materials can be sold to reclamation yards.
  7. Do you have paint you haven’t used? You can donate your tins of paint to various organisations.
  8. You can sell your second hand goods through websites such as ebayFacebookPreloved and Gumtree.
  9. You can donate your unwanted items via websites such as FreecycleFreegle and Freeloved.

Buy or Receive

  1. Have a look at the plant discount shelves in garden centres and shops – many of the plants (ones that aren’t annuals) just need a bit of TLC (and probably water), so you can get a bargain plant that you have saved from being thrown away.
  2. Swap plants, seeds and cuttings with family, friends and colleagues or join a Plant Swap group on Facebook.
  3. If you’re looking to do a one-off DIY or garden project why not hire the tools and equipment or borrow from a friend.
  4. Garden centres often have a pile of second hand plastic plant pots you can take for free.
  5. Try to buy environmentally friendly products such as natural twine.
  6. Reclamation yards sell second hand items and materials useful for garden or DIY projects, e.g chimney pots, gates, tiles, stained glass, garden ornaments, flooring, fireplaces or railway sleepers.
  7. You can buy second hand goods through websites such as ebayFacebookPreloved and Gumtree.
  8. You can receive free items via websites such as FreecycleFreegle and Freeloved.

Recycle

Find your local recycling centre

Get Creative ~ Repurpose

Make your own seed starting pots from ‘waste’ you have at home, for example why not use toilet rolls, egg shells or newspaper.

How to Make Biodegradable Plant Pots – Homemade Seed Starting Pots (Duration: 5:11)

Waste

Some things simply cannot be reused, recycled or repurposed.
Before buying them ask yourself if you really need them?

Garden waste such as leaves, cut grass, etc can be composted.

Hazardous chemicals need to be disposed of appropriately. Search here to find a local hazardous waste disposal service near you. Try to find natural solutions to chemicals, for example try using egg shells to deter slugs and snails.


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