If each one of us made a small change it would make a big difference! Could you repair something that has broken or find your unwanted items a new home? Or swap to a reusable cup and help stop the millions of single-use coffee cups and water bottles that are thrown away in the UK everyday.

Take a look below for more ways to take action.

  • Get a re-usable bottle or cup and remember to take it with you
  • Repair what you can and recycle what you can’t
  • Rehome your unwanted items or take them to a charity shop
  • Remember your re-usable shopping bags
  • Switch to re-usable nappies
  • Grow your own food and use up your leftovers
  • Upcycle and repurpose items
  • Buy only what you need and shop local
  • Buy second-hand rather than new
  • Find a plastic free shop near you

Plastic Free GM

PlasticFreeGM asks businesses, organisations and individuals to pledge to take action to reduce avoidable single-use plastics across Greater Manchester. It offers practical advice and guidance to help you make the right choices, whether that’s choosing to remove some products (always the best option), choosing a re-usable alternative (next best option) or switching to easily recyclable items.

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How do I waste less?

From clothes to food to packaging, crafting to composting, find out how making small changes can help you to waste less and save money.

Pre-loved items for you, your home and garden

We’ve opened three Renew shops in Greater Manchester. These shops sell pre-loved household items at an affordable price and are located at three of our recycling centres.

Repair Cafés

Repair Cafés can help you make any repairs you need – on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys and more. Find a Repair Café near you, volunteer or start your own café.

Leave a book, take a book, share a book

Little libraries are popping up all over Greater Manchester. It’s a great way to share books in the community, reading and reusing books instead of throwing them in the bin.

Pass it on!

Reduce the amount you throw away by giving your unwanted items a new home. There are lots of Community Waste Savers Groups in Greater Manchester, offering a free place for local people to donate the things they no longer want and for others to request them.

Grow your own food

From growing fruit and veg in pots and hanging baskets, to helping out at local community gardens and allotment sites, there’s lots of ways to get started with growing your own food.

Save your food from the bin

Over a ¼ of waste in the general rubbish bin at home is food. Keeping food out of the bin is not only better for the planet but it’s better for your pocket too. Take a look at the simple things you can do to reduce food waste.

Find your nearest re-use organisation

Find a furniture re-use organisation, bike re-use project and plastic free shop near you.

The Boiler House: Community Workshops

The Boiler House is a friendly community workshop space dedicated to making and mending, just a mile from the middle of Manchester. They offer access to a wood workshop, DIY workshops, and space for events.

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