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Bathroom Scales:

Shower Curtains:

  • When buying shower curtains try to buy 100% cotton (instead of plastic), as this can be recycled and composted.
  • Look for ways to upcycle and re-use old shower curtains.


  • 100% cotton towels can be composted.  Cut them into small pieces first and remove the tag.
  • Upcycling ideas for towels.
  • You can also cut these up and use them for cloths or rags.
  • Animal Shelters are often in need of towels.
  • Alternatively they can be brought to your nearest civic amenity site as they would be treated as textiles.

Bowls and Vases:

  • These can be bought and sold at charity shops.
  • They can also be bought and sold online, or traded or freecycled locally.
  • Try your local vintage, antique and secondhand shops.

Bread Bins:

  • Bring them to your civic amenity site if they are beyond repair.
  • Ideas for upcycling old bread bins.

Cookware and Frying Pans:

Cups, Saucers, Plates and Bowls:


  • Cutlery can be donated at charity shops.
  • You can also sell it online, give it away free or trade/swap it.
  • Metal cutlery should be taken to your local civic amenity site where it would be regarded as scrap metal.  (However, please consider donating it or giving it away first, as there are always people who can use it.)

Kitchen Utensils:

  • Wooden chopping boards and utensils can be chopped up and composted at end of life.
  • Metal utensils can be recycled – take them  to your local civic amenity site.
  • Silicone cannot be recycled or composted.

Pedal Bins and Wastebaskets:

Buckets and Basins:

Brushes and Mops:

  • These are listed on the ‘Cleaning’ page here.


  • Save old candle wax and re-melt to make into new candles.  Wick thread can be bought online or at Art/Hobby shops.  There are numerous links on the web with instructions on recycling candles.

Mats and Rugs


  • Can be donated to charity shops.
  • See also: Buy and sell, Freecycle or Swap sites.
  • If the clock has a battery it can be recycled as WEEE (electrical waste).
  • Old clocks can be sold to vintage or antique shops.

Ornaments, Photo Frames and Bric-a-Brac:

  • Can be donated to charity shops, bought and sold online, or given away free.