Waste and recycling

Recycling glass bottles

General information

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
    Provides information on UK strategy and legislation for sustainable waste management, waste statistics, etc, and links to organisations and web sites dealing with environmental or waste management issues.
  • Waste Watch
    Waste Watch is a leading environmental organisation working to change the way people use the world’s natural resources. Waste Watch - an independent and not-for-profit charity, provide education and training, research and evaluation and marketing communications services. www.wastewatch.org.uk
  • Lets recycle
    News and information for recyclers and those involved in sustainable waste management in the UK today. The site has a recycling and waste directory. www.letsrecycle.com
  • Recycle Now
    Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, aimed at encouraging more of us to recycle more things, more often and to understand the positive benefits of our actions. http://www.recyclenow.com/

Refurbishing and re-use

  • Chasing Green
    Chasing Green is run by a small but dedicated group whose goal is to share the simple message that ordinary people can positively impact our world in their everyday lives. Their website has several useful articles on the reuse of waste materials and other information on how each and every one of us can make a difference at home, work, school, etc. chasinggreen.org/
  • Cartridges for Charity
    Collect empty computer printer cartridges and mobiles using a FREEPOST address, and then sell them on for recycling to raise money for charities - see the Web site for full details: cartridges4charity.co.uk
  • Techknowledgy
    UK-based charity dedicated to supplying the Third World with basic computer equipment to aid educational development. They accept: PCs, monitors, printers, scanners, modems, cables and software that met their specifications - see the Web site for full details: tky.shoutthenoiz.com/
  • Re-cycle
    A charity relieving poverty by taking second-hand bikes overseas. Many bikes are thrown away or lie rusting in garages in the UK, while people in Less Developed Countries are without transport apart from their feet. Walking can take up to 4 hours per day (e.g. collecting water, walking to field or town), lowering work / productive time. Re-Cycle’s mission is to collect and ship second hand bicycles and parts to LDCs.
  • GreenGonzo
    GreenGonzo provides a searchable database listing items and materials that people would like to give away. Their service helps the environment by promoting waste reduction. Green Gonzo is a non-profit organisation. GreenGonzo.com/


  • Community Composting Network
    Provides advice and support to new and existing community composting projects. Promotes community composting at a national level. www.communitycompost.org