When clearing out the house many of us will find old and unwanted items that have no use, most of these items will be thrown in the bin and end up at landfill. By following this guide not only can you reuse or recycle old household items and do your bit for the environment but also it will help you get some extra money in your pocket.
Everyone has old and unwanted batteries knocking about their homes but what can we do with them once they have no power? By February 2010 it will be law for any retailer selling over 32kg of batteries to provide a free battery collection. Many big shops including Tesco already have these in their stores; more details can be found at Battery Back.
Most people will throw an old light bulb straight in the bin once it’s run out, but there are more environmentally friendly alternatives. The first is to see if your local council will accept old light bulbs through their recycling program, if they don’t then put old bulbs in a plastic bag to prevent mercury from leaking out and throw them in the bin.
With many people using DVDs or digital media most of us don’t even have a VHS player making VHS tapes completely useless. Some local recycling schemes may accept old video tapes; the plastic bit may even be put in your own recycle bin. If recycling is not an option why not donate your old cassettes to your local charity shop who will not doubt be able to sell them on. If you want to reuse them why not give them to the kids to decorate and create some cool gift boxes, you could even give the tape from inside to your local gardener to scare away the birds.
Yes, it can be hard to get rid of your old awards, jewellery, antiques or other precious metals but with the price of gold soaring now is a great time to sell. Visit one of the many online gold refineries to see how much your items are worth, more details can be found on our Money for Gold page.
Yes, these big books are recyclable but they can’t be put in your normal paper recycling bin. You can either contact your local council some may pick up your old directories, if not visit the yellow pages recycling scheme.
Building Rubble and Bricks
Items like this cannot be recycled at your local council recycling centre and cannot be collected. The best thing to do with any unwanted building materials is to sell them as they are always in high demand, you could try either EBay or your local car boot sale.
Computer Monitors / TV’s
Many local recycling centres will accept old TVs and computer monitors as well as many other electronic goods. If you can’t recycle them and they are in good working order you could donate them to your local school or community project. For some extra money you could sell unwanted TVs and monitors on auction sites like EBay or advertise in your local paper.
CDs / DVDs / Games
Recycling old CDs, DVDs and Games is becoming very popular online and if you have a lot to sell you could make a lot of money. Music Magpie is the UKs biggest recycling sites for these items. If you want to reuse them yourself CDs make perfect table mats or can be given to gardeners to help scare away the birds.
These will not be collected with your rubbish but are collected at your local recycling centres. Try our inkjet recycling to find out how to get money for your unwanted cartridges.