The Green Party also believes councils need to encourage re-use of items. I thoroughly agree. We throw far too much good stuff away. A visit to any council tip will prove this, with apparently perfect chairs, tables, computers and other ephemera discarded with abandon. I would love to see greater use of the online “freecycle” network which offers unwanted furniture or household items to good homes. Or there are charity shops, of course. Many report a great shortage of items to sell since the recession.