25 Things You Can Re-Use At Home


Lots of fun ways to re-use products and packaging at home, to help us avoid, reduce and re-use.

Atlanta are great at recycling packaging at home like aluminium cans, bottles, jars and newspapers, which helps keep down the amount we send to landfill. By re-using packaging and other items, we can reduce our waste even further, as well as saving money and resources by avoiding buying something new.


  • Old CDs make funky coasters! Just stick two together and paste felt underneath if necessary.
  • Melt the remains of a lipstick together with a small pot of lip balm - makes a great lip gloss!
  • Make a tin can telephone. Take off the lids and then tie two coffee tins together with a long piece of string for the desired effect - kids love it!
  • Create ice blocks for your esky - fill up old milk cartons with water and freeze them.
  • Want to keep the kids amused? Empty roll-on deodorant bottles can be used as paint pens for small children. Wash the plastic ball and bottle, then fill with paint and replace the ball and lid. When storing, keep it upside down with the lid on tightly.
  • Get yourself a worm farm and feed it all of your food scraps. One kilogram of worms can eat and recycle one kilogram of food every day, giving you nutritious worm castings for your plants and vegies.
  • Put your steel bottle tops and jam jar lids into an old steel can. When the tin is half full, squash the top together so the contents are held in - then put it in your recycling bin.
  • Open up the bottom of a used milk carton and plant a tree seedling inside it. The carton will protect your seedling from weather and pests, and when planted it will degrade as the tree grows.
  • Going on a picnic? Squash your cans and bottles and bring them home to recycle!
  • Save your corks in a jar on the window ledge. They can be used as a stamp when painting, or you could even make your own cork noticeboard by gluing them to a plank or corflute!
  • Clear plastic lids can be placed under oil jars in the cupboard or aerosols in the bathroom to prevent oil or rust marks on your shelves.
  • Make your own gift wrap! Wrap your presents in the comic pages from your local Sunday newspaper, magazines or comics. Kids (and even adults) love it!
  • Why not store your food scraps temporarily in an old ice cream container, before you put them onto your worm farm or compost?
  • Pour old cooking oil and fat into a used milk carton or jar and put it out in the rubbish. It clogs the drains if put down the sink. Newspaper can also be used to wipe out oily pots.
  • Old wet-wipe containers make great string dispensers - try it out!
  • Collect branches from the garden to make a Christmas tree. Have a fun time arranging them in a vase or pot and then hang on the decorations!
  • Get creative making Christmas and birthday cards from old cards, postcards, photos, stamps, pretty paper and more. Your family and friends will love the handmade greetings! For more recycling ideas with cards, check out FestiveRecycling.PlanetArk.org
  • Keep old jeans to use as patches for other jeans.
  • Save old lip balm pots and small toiletry containers. Refill these from your large bottles to make travelling packs.
  • Placing bottle top or jar lids under your chairs or sofa is a great way to protect your carpet.
  • Has your pillow gone flat? Then why not fold it over and put it inside a new cushion cover?
  • Got some old clothes or furniture that you don't want anymore? There are plenty of charity shops that do want them, so why not donate your unwanted items to your local op shop? Search RecyclingNearYou.com.au to find your local shop, and give them a call to check.
  • Save bread bags and other food or newspaper bags to take as doggie-doo bags when walking the dog.
  • Use newspaper to line the kitchen bin. Give the bin a quick rinse when needed, pouring it out on the garden.
  • Glass jars or take-away containers make great storage containers for cake decorations, leaf teas, buttons and many other things!


    Cleaning House: Where to Get Rid of Your Junk

    You're moving and have a bunch of things that you want to get rid of. Here's how to deal with all the stuff you can’t sell but don't want to toss in a dumpster.

    Moving comes with its fair share of stresses, not the least of which is the dreaded de-cluttering process. It's a necessary but potentially painful project, especially for those homeowners who are admitted packrats. To make it easier to take stock of what you need to get rid of, any organizing professional will tell you to separate your stuff into three piles: keep, sell or donate, and toss.

    That sounds easy enough, but the next step is figuring out exactly what to do with everything that ends up in your "toss" pile - and everything else that you can't sell or drop off to your local thrift store or donation center.

    You have five options.

    1. Donate It
    It should be fairly easy to donate most of your things; you probably know plenty of charities that will take furniture, books and toys. Most clothes can go to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. But if you're still stuck with unwanted items, try some of the donation options below before you head out to your trash bin.

    2. Recycle It
    You might be surprised at the number of household items that can be recycled. Even if you can't leave certain things in your curbside bin for pickup, many communities have centers for hard-to-recycle items, including:

    • Carpet 
    • Tires
    • Chemicals
    • Fluorescent light bulbs 
    • Mattresses

    You might have to pay a fee to drop off some items, so call Easy Junk Removal and we will take care of the rest.
    Pro 4: Whether you're donating, recycling, or giving away an old computer, always wipe the hard drive before you do it.

    3. Give It Away
    Some of your things will prove impossible to donate or recycle. If you don't want to trash that bubble wrap and all of those boxes you just unpacked, someone who's moving will gladly them off your hands. And even if you can't find a buyer for your rusted bike or old rug, chances are somebody will snap it up for free

    4. Dispose of It
    Next are the items that you must get rid of in a specific way. Potentially hazardous materials like paint, batteries, household cleaners, antifreeze, expired medications, motor oil, and pesticides should never be casually tossed into the trash, dumped into the sink, or flushed down the toilet. Just Call Easy Junk Removal and we will take care of all of your junk


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