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Borehamwood Times: New and improved waste collection vehicles in Hertsmere

“Residents can help by reducing the amount of waste they produce, reusing what they can and recycling what they can’t. Use sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree to rehome your unwanted items. Remember to sort your waste and use your food, garden and dry recycling brown bin.”

The Independent: World Environment Day: What action can I take to tackle the climate crisis?

The climate crisis is the biggest existential challenge modern humans have ever faced, and judging by our progress so far we’re not coping with the threat of annihilation very well.

Ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, it bears repeating that those seven nations have, since the Covid-19 pandemic, pumped billions more dollars into greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels – worsening the crisis – than they have into clean energy.

Despite decade after decade of increasingly desperate warnings from scientists and activists, and more and more promises from politicians and corporations, the amount of greenhouse gases being emitted through human activity is still going up, the temperature is going up, and the risks are going up too.

The Greater Manchester News: Giant rainbow made from recycled cans appears in Piccadilly Gardens


nyone looking to bask in a bit of the sunshine this half term in Manchester city centre might come across a giant rainbow that has appeared overnight in Piccadilly Gardens.

While it’s not to coincide with Pride Month, as some might presume, the giant rainbow installation is actually part of a campaign to raise awareness over recycling.

Measuring four metres high and seven metres wide, the rainbow is made entirely out of recycled cans and has been installed by not-for-profit group Every Can Counts.

The Guardian: Twenty firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste, report reveals

The enormous plastic waste footprint of the top 20 global companies amounts to more than half of the 130m metric tonnes of single-use plastic thrown away in 2019, the analysis says.

Single-use plastics are made almost exclusively from fossil fuels, driving the climate crisis, and because they are some of the hardest items to recycle, they end up creating global waste mountains. Just 10%-15% of single-use plastic is recycled globally each year.

Ideal Home: Getting rid of old furniture? These companies are making it easier to pass on pre-loved pieces

You can also list items to sell on Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and FreeCycle. You can even list things as collection only, so it’s simply a case of taking some pictures, writing a description and waiting for someone to come and take it away.

Ideal Home: Presenter Angellica Bell shares her five simple swaps for creating a more sustainable home

4. Freecycle old pieces of furniture

If you’ve had a good clear out, rather than taking your old unwanted items to the tip Angellica recommends taking them to a charity shop or freecycling.

‘Often with things we don’t want we put it on freecycle so people can come to pick it up,’ she explains. ‘You put the item online, and if someone wants it you arrange to go meet them with it.’

There are plenty of websites dedicated to freecycling, and charity shops that specialise in homeware. However, do check that the item is in good condition before dropping it off.

But don’t just stop at handing on second-hand items, consider investing in them too. For inspiration for making the most of older items take a look at our upcycled furniture ideas feature.

Money Saving Expert: Ikea launches ‘buy back’ scheme for old furniture – and you can get up to 50% of the item’s original value

If you’re looking to buy Ikea furniture, picking up a secondhand item will be cheaper than buying the same item new. But you may be able to find cheaper secondhand furniture by going directly to sellers elsewhere – so it’s worth checking the likes of eBay and Facebook Marketplace first. You may even be able to pick-up free furniture on sites including Freecycle and Freegle.

The Sun: Dear Deidre -I saved my grandkids from a criminal home, but now I’m skint

As for getting the things you need for the children, there are various websites offering free equipment/toys/clothes, such as Freecycle.

Wales247: How to kit out your first home together without breaking the bank

See what you can get for free

For most people, moving to a new house means having to get rid of a few things, and pieces of furniture gradually get replaced by better quality items over the years. That means if you ask around, you will almost always be able to find useful items that people are happy to give you for nothing – everything from sofas to kitchenware to carpets. If your family and friends can’t help, try Freecycle. Many charity shops also deal in low-cost furniture and homewares, even if they don’t have them on display. Remember that as long as what you get is still in sturdy condition, you can usually cover up superficial damage at a trivial cost.

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Morning Star Online: How to guard your vegetables over winter

I wrap each fruit in newspaper, so that if one goes rotten it doesn’t quickly infect its neighbours and place them on shelves.

You can often find redundant fridges on Freecycle, or just by asking for one on social media.