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Every charity shop!
There are many in all district centres - and even some in town now.
Bio-Cycle is Southampton's student-led food waste scheme, with the aim to benefit the local community by 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. We use bike trailers - of course.
Southampton clothes swap 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 provides an internet listings service to help people give unwanted items to someone else for free, in their own community. 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, and the Southampton Freecycle group has over twenty eight thousand members. Anyone able to browse the web and send and receive emails can use it. It is for free exchange only: no buying or selling is allowed
Website for Southampton group https://groups.freecycle.org/group/SouthamptonUK/
The Treasured Trash Network
I need a whisk on FB
Bitterne Park Exchange on FB
St Denys Freebies on FB
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 offers trial kits for loan (for a £5 deposit), and is a voluntary group run by parents. We promote the option for cloth nappies as well as give advice and support. We meet up for socials and discuss aspects of environmentally friendly parenting.
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: 023 8040 2812
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: Unit Z Willments Industrial Estate, Hazel Road, Woolston SO19 7HS
Tel: 023 8178 1720
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. There are many ways you can help too by supporting the charity with tools, giving your time as a volunteer, coming along to one of their events, making donations, as well as fundraising on their behalf. With the tools and training, people’s lives can change as they can earn a living and make material changes for themselves and their family.
Tel: 023 8086 9697
Address: Ringwood Road, Netlev Marsh, Southampton, SO40 7GY
Our vision is a world where everyone can choose to reuse wherever they eat, drink and shop. From a coffee on your commute, to drinking water on the go, or even shopping with less packaging, Refill puts the power to reduce plastic at your fingertips.
in Portswood has a refill station
Bitterne Park Stores
at Bitterne Triangle Has a refill station provided by @minimlrefills
in Carlton Place has a refill station
Transition Southampton’s Repair Cafes take place in 4 locations on first and third Saturdays. Volunteers repair and offer advice, and run a cake and drinks stall. The aim of Repair Cafe is to come together to reduce waste and costs, whilst helping members of the community.
We're a friendly local repair shop helping fight the tide of waste. We fix your worn out items. Highly recommended.
Phone: 07783 667536
A group of people that enjoy turning old items into new ones, sharing skills and equipment whilst having fun.
Shirley Men's Shed: https://www.facebook.com/MensShedShirley
Bitterne Shed Club: https://sites.google.com/view/bitterneshedclub/home
Nursling Mens Shed: https://www.hugofox.com/community/nursling-men-s-shed-15309/home
UK Mens Sheds Association: https://menssheds.org.uk/
Free website with tips and hints on how to carry out your own repairs on all manner of items
All sorts of things like toothpaste tubes - see the list for your local collection point - but please read it carefully and only take what they collect. Raises money for charity.
Southampton City Council
For information regarding bins, bulky waste, garden waste, commercial waste, and generally keeping the city clean.
The Household Waste & Recycling Centre is at City Depot, Millbrook. Many items can be safely disposed of, or recycled, there. Please check the website for full details.
Find your nearest Recycling banks:
John Lewis - FashionCycle
Locate your nearest recycling point for most items
Recycle your electricals
Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be reused or recycled. Find your nearest recycling point:
Recycle Brita filters
Collection points at John Lewis, Argos and The Range
We firmly believe that nearly everything removed from a property can be recycled, reused or repurposed. Our aim is to ensure that as little as possible is wasted. The small percentage of materials that will end up as waste will be incinerated to generate energy.
Sea Ranger is a family run ecofriendly online shop that sells sustainable clothing products like Hoodies, T-Shirts, and Jumpers for men, women, and children. These items are printed with impactful messages regarding ocean pollution.
The best part is that you can even customize these clothing items in the designs and colors you love! So, are you ready to wear clothes that matter? Well, you should be because it’s crucial for us to save our mother Earth’s most valuable asset for our future generations.
PLEASE TELL US about any other Southampton green businesses, community enterprises or community groups that should be here by using the form below - and update us on changes to any of the above.