Act Now

act now

We already have many solutions. The resources page points to useful information and support organisations. We now need to adapt and adopt them:

  • set targets for repair and reuse
  • promote reuse and repair
  • increase public awareness
  • support skills and training
  • provide low cost (or free) facilities
  • upgrade more recycling centres (HWRCs) for reuse
  • reuse empty shops
  • provide mobile services
  • build partnerships with community repairers, commercial repairers and local authorities

do more, waste less …
demand more, waste less …

a checklist of possible actions, all of which help to support or promote repair and reuse …

Below are some of the available resources for UK-based Councils, Local Authorities and community initiatives to help deliver and support programmes, and make progress on delivering more repair and reuse capability.

The Local government Association provide a ‘route map’ of potential interventions for councils and some case studies. They also summarise potential solutions in their Routes to Reuse guide.

Suez have published a guide for councils and local authorities on how to increase their focus on circularity, reuse and repair. Solutions for stuff provides practical guidance for direct action, approaches to influence others or simply to signpost.

– There are specific initiatives in London, like ReLondon, helping boroughs reduce waste, recycle more and embed circular practices. The One World Living  (OWL) programme is one of seven London-wide local authority climate progammes.  For electricals there is a specific OWL fact sheet identifying potential actions and resources.

– In Scotland, Circular Communities Scotland and grants available via Circular Economy Accelerator Centre.

– In Wales, Repair Cafe Wales and funding support from Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme. Examples and further contact information can be found here.

– In Northern Ireland, the NI Resources Network provides information on funds and grants available.

Some waste operators, like Suez have been promoting and moving towards more reuse at their waste collection centres, diverting reusable (and repairable) goods from waste.  WRAP have estimated that almost £300m in sales value could be realised from re-using WEEE each year in the UK.