Waste and Recycling
Southampton City Council
For information regarding Bins, recycling, bulky waste, garden waste, commercial wastes, and generally keeping the city clean.
Bio-Cycle is Southampton's first ever student-led food waste recycling scheme with the aim to benefit the local community by recycling and repurposing food waste. In preventing unnecessary food waste from going to landfill, by re-using it locally, we hope to encourage sustainability within Southampton and the strong student community, changing the way people view recycling.
Books for Free Southampton
Books for Free takes unwanted books and gives them to the public for free. This stops books going to landfill, giving everyone the opportunity to pick up a good book, knowing it has been saved and passed on.
Address: 3rd Age Centre, 11 Cranbury Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0LH
Southampton clothes and stuff swaps is a group to bring together the community, stop waste and save money. Clothes swapping events run at various dates throughout the year.
Takes unwanted computer equipment from people or companies, refurbishes it, sells it to the public or gives it free to charities or low-income families. Trains homeless and vulnerably-housed people in computer refurbishment.
Address: Unit 33, Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton.
Tel: 023 8063 2198
Freecycle aims to keep items out of landfill or incinerators by providing an internet listings service to help people give unwanted items to someone else for free in their own community. Keeping stuff out of waste disposal sites helps build a sustainable future, is good for the environment and build local and world communities.
Freecycle (officially known as The Freecycle Network) is made up of thousands of groups with millions of members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free. Freecycle groups operate in specific towns or areas - so it's local as well as global. The Southampton Freecycle group has over twenty eight thousand members, and new members join every day.
Freecycle is made possible by the internet, and anyone able to browse the web and send and receive emails can use it. People offer items they no longer want, or ask for items they need. An essential element is that is for free exchange only: no buying or selling is allowed
Website for general info https://wiki.freecycle.org/Introduction
Website for Southampton group https://groups.freecycle.org/group/SouthamptonUK/
Southampton Real Nappy Network
7 million disposable nappies are used per day in Britain and go straight into landfill sites. It has been estimated that it takes 4.5 trees to keep one baby in disposable nappies for 30 months and each one will then take anything up to 500 years to decompose! With re-usable nappies, not only will you be saving the planet but you will also be saving your money!
Southampton Real Nappy Network is a voluntary group run by parents to help other parents and parents-to-be. They promote the option for cloth nappies as well as give advice and support anyone interested. This group of parents meet up regularly for monthly socials and discuss aspects of environmentally friendly parenting. They offer trial kits for a loan to anyone so they can try the cloth nappies before investing anything. Today the cloth nappies are not as they used to be. Now they are more comfortable, easier to clean, and comes with various designs. To explore more, head over to their social pages and ask every question imaginable!
Southampton Scrapstore is a registered charity that collects from businesses donated surplus, reject, waste and other materials of every conceivable type and kind that are suitable for re-use by groups, schools and individuals for educational, play or 'arts and crafts' activities. They can also be used by artists as materials for use in professional art/craft workshops but not for resale as materials, or secondhand items. In addition, the Scrapstore sells a wide range of attractively priced 'arts and crafts' materials, intended to complement the free scrap materials. By doing what they do, they stop or delay waste going to landfill, and, perhaps more importantly, save on new resources.
Address: Unit 15, Belgrave Industrial Estate, Swaythling, Southampton, SO17 3EA
Tel: 02380 402 812
Southampton Wood Recycling Project
The Southampton Wood Recycling Project stock recycled timber and sheet materials both softwood and hardwood at affordable prices, ideal for DIY use and garden projects. They also have a great volunteering program.
Address: Market Place, Southampton, SO14 3NX
Tel: 02381 781 720
Transition Southampton’s Repair Cafe is an event, taking place on various Saturdays throughout the year, which is about repairing things together, receiving helpful advice, meeting each other, and being inspired. The aim of Repair Cafe is to come together to reduce waste and costs, whilst helping members of the community.
Recycle and Sew
With care and love Recycle and Sew can repair and revamp your vintage pieces, as well as offer a high quality and affordable alterations service. They also run courses on dress making, sewing, pattern cutting etc. Workshops are targeted at different levels, ages and abilities and with different outcomes, enabling as broad as possible cross-section of the community to become involved, the intention is that the workshops are open and embracing.
Tel: 01489 896535
Group of people that enjoy turning old items into new ones, sharing skills and equipment whilst having fun.
Tools for Self Reliance
Tools for Self Reliance is a small UK based charity working to help relieve poverty in Africa. Their approach to development is to focus on the artisan sector in rural communities. They have a small number of staff and hundreds of volunteers who help to collect and refurbish tools, and who actively campaign against the causes of poverty.
Tel: 023 8086 9697
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