Did you know that shopping online has increased the amount of cardboard and non-recyclable plastic bags by almost double the amount during the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase hasnt dropped since restrictions have lifted.
On top of that, it is confusing to know what, how and where you can recycle things that could end up in landfill.
Before you shop, think about how you could reduce your waste. For example, you could buy things with less packaging, or second-hand items.
Can you buy something that will last longer rather than a disposable item? Rechargeable batteries are cheaper than disposables, and they can be used again and again – and using real crockery and cutlery for your parties instead of disposable ones can make a real difference.
To avoid taking home more carrier bags, choose reusable shopping bags: keep them in the car boot or pop a folded cotton bag in your handbag or pocket so you always have one to hand.
Contact Acts of Kindness (Solent)– they may be able to distribute unwanted furniture and household goods to those in need.
Having a clear out? Donate good quality clothing, books and unwanted gifts to charity shops. Alternatively use the clothing banks at your local recycling centre.
Every year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food, costing the average family almost £60 a month.
More information is available on our Food Waste page.
Donate left-over paint to your local charity, if they will take it.
There are some places where you can purchase Re-paint from Charities to support them. Try Naomi House and Jacks Place
If you are a business / retail / trade then you can donate unwanted paint to SCRATCH
Otherwise take to a Hampshire Waste Recyling Centres – must be in a suitable sealed container and can only take a maximum of 5 litres per month
This is ideal if you have a garden.
Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden.
It’s easy to make and use and you will be surprised what you can compost!
Don’t have a compost bin then purchase one from Hampshire County Council and they will delivery it.
Or you could make a heap out of a large cardboard box or pallets – more info here
What, How and Where
Information from Recycle Now
Recycle points: Cafe Imbizo, West Street Fareham or 64 Anglesey Road, Gosport
Recycling point: Eco Freaks Emporium, 14-16 South Street, Gosport
Recycle Point: Boots Opticians , Westbury Mall, Fareham
Eco Freaks Emporium, 14-16 South Street Gosport
7 St Nicholas Avenue, Rowner, Gosport
Recycle Point: Eco Freaks Emporium, 14-16 South Street, Gosport
Recycle Point: 20 Malvern Avenue, Fareham
Horndean Technology College, Barton Cross, Horndean
or 3 Cherbourg Road, Eastleigh
HWRC – Info about what they will take and how to book
All Medicines – return these to your chemist.
Spectacles (glasses) – check our Spektrek page
Hearing Aids – Check out our Hearing Aids page
Inhalers – these can be returned to the following participating Chemists:
|Boots UK Ltd (1023)||21 Westbury Mall,Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0PE|
|Asda Stores Ltd (4669)||Speedfields Park,Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1TT|
|Well||95 BURY ROAD, PO12 3PR|
|Asda Stores Ltd (4177)||Cranbourne Industrial Estate,Dock Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1SH|
|W M Morrison Supermarkets Plc (352)||15 Walpole Road,Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1NQ|
|Boots UK Ltd (1020)||109-110 High Street,Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1DU|
|Day Lewis Plc (0132)||Mumby Road,Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1AE|
|Boots UK Ltd (5949)||147 Rowner Lane,Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 9SP|
|Boots UK Ltd (5304)||111 High Street,Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9BU|
|Queen Alexandra Hospital||Southwick Hill Road,Cosham,Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3LY|
For other locations or new chemists click here