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Electrical cables can be taken to your local community recycling point in the electrical equipment container.


Cameras in working order can be taken to your local community recycling center and placed in the electrical equipment container or given to your local charity shop also Dunbar has a Facebook page Dunbar in Pictures that will also accept. Them also Dunbar swap and sale on Facebook will accept them.

Camping Gas

Camping gas cylinders can be taken to Turnbulls Dunbar to be refilled.
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See also Cards. You can scrunch up soft cardboard such as egg boxes to put in your compost bin this will create air pockets and help decomposition boxes can be taken to local schools and nursery’s for arts and crafts. Cards and cardboard can also be put in your blue recycling box for recycling.


See also Card/Cardboard. Postcards and greeting cards. Up to Christmas cards end up in landfill every year in the UK. Reduce the number of cards you use by sending electronic Christmas and birthday cards instead. This is quick, inexpensive and straightforward to do. They can also be put into your blue recycle box.


See also Furniture. Hire a carpet cleaner to give an old carpet new life saving you money. old carpet or a rug can be used as a cover for your compost bin to help stop too much rain getting in and this also acts as a insulator in the winter it can also be taken to your local community recycling centre.

Carrier Bags

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Most printer Cartridges can be refilled. when buying new cartridges try to look for refillable cartridges.


Make sure you only get catalogues that you want see unwanted mail/faxes. Catalogues can be taken to your local recycling point or be put in your blue recycling bin. Remove any plastic covers as these cannot be recycled and can be put in your general waste bin.

Cat Litter

You can buy cat litter that is made from recyled paper From Bio-Catolet

Tel: 01296 714 000

Web: www.biocatolet.co.uk


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Switch to digital media to save on manufacturing cost however digital media needs to be stored electronically in server that need electricity to run. Old tapes and CD’s can be sold or given to Charity shops they can also be taken to your local recycling center for recycling.

Charity Shops

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Giving your unwanted items to a charity is a great way to reuse old unwanted item local Dunbar charity’s are:

Simba Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal

Spott Rd


East Lothian

EH42 1LE

Tel01368 860141

Chest Heart & Stroke

53 High St


EH42 1EW

Tel: 01368 865808

The Royal British Legion

147 High St


EH42 1ES

Tel: 01368 863275

Lifeboats Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Pl


EH42 1HS

Tel: 01368 863966

Ryder Sue Care

61 High Street


EH42 1EW

Tel: 1368 864936


This can be taken to your local recycling center.

Christmas Trees

If you choose to buy a real tree make sure it is a live one check to make sure it has roots. It can be planted out after Christmas and reused each year. They can also be put beside your brown garden waste bin or you can book an uplift by calling East Lothian Council Here: 01875824305 Artificial trees can be used again and again. If you have one that you no longer want you can take it to your local charity if it is in good condition.

Cleaning Wipes

You can save money and waste by buying cloth wipes and dusters that can be washed and reused.


Try to repair clocks when possible and sell or give to local charity shops.

Clothes Hangers

Try not to accept clothes hanger in shops when you don’t need them and return hanger given out by dry cleaning shops. you can also see if your local charity shop can use hangers. They can also be taken to your local recycling center just make sure to take note of the material it is made from whether it it is made from plastic or wood.


See also Curtains. Clothes and textiles make up about 6% of household waste in the UK but can be widely reused or recycled. You can sell clothes you no longer want or take them to either your local charity shop if they are in good condition or can be taken to your local recycling center.


Coin’s and stamps can be taken to your local charity shop or sold to collectors.

Community Recycling Centres

The local East Lothian recycling center’s are located here
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Kinwegar Recycling Centre
A199 Haddington Road (near Wallyford Toll)
EH21 8JU

Dunbar Community Recycling Centre
Spott Road Industrial Estate
EH42 1RD

North Berwick Recycling Centre
Heugh Brae
North Berwick
EH39 5PS

Macmerry Recycling Centre
Macmerry Industrial Estate
EH33 1RD


Reuse : Composting

See also Food Waste,Garden Waste and composting. You can make your own compost at home. to order a compost bin visit: www.wasteawarescotland.org.uk and for more information about how to use your compost bin visit: http://www.recycleforscotland.com/reduce/home-composting you can also start you own wormery you can find out how to do that here: www.ourlocality.org/wormwork. compost can be used in your garden.



See also Cartridges. Almost 100% of the materials from computer monitors can be reused or recycled into new monitors. They can also be taken to your local recycling center or you can sell them. Used desktop computer can be cheaper and more powerful than new laptops. Repair when possible simply cleaning your computer safely can include many benefits including hygiene,cooler operation and quieter operation.

Computer games

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Cooking Oil

Cooking oil can be used as a substitute for creosote and can be brushed on to your garden shed. It is a good preservative and will not discolor wood and is safe to use near plants and animals. Also it can be used as a nutritious treat for garden birds by pouring used cooking fat (chicken fat or bacon grease rather than vegetable fat as this will not go solid) into a plastic pot add bird seeds and nuts, leave to set and then hang outside. used cooking oil can also be taken to your local recycling center. Also note cooking oil should not be poured down the drain as it can cause blockages and interfere with sewage.


Corks can be used in the bottom of your plat pots to retain moisture and can also be chopped up and composted or used for arts and crafts.


you can save money by using real crockery instead of disposable plates etc. if you are having a party or BBQ you can put dirty plates in a plastic bag until they can be cleaned.


See also Clothes/Textiles/Fabrics. used curtains can be taken to your local charity shop or can be taken to textile recycling at your local recycling center.


Cutlery in good condition can be taken to your local charity shop or sold/passed on to someone else. steel cutlery can be taken to metal recycling at your local recycling center and crockery can be taken to the rubble container at your local recycling center.

DIY Materials

See also wood/timber,paints,rubble,metal and tiles. if you are renovating an your home or replacing old fittings with new (e.g. baths,sinks,radiators,fireplaces,mouldings,Georgian panel door,wooden flooring,old light) contact East Lothian Council Architectural salvage sore Tel: 01620827474

Drink Cans

See also Aluminium and Tins. Drink’s can’s can be put in your green recycling bin please wash them out first. Recycling one tonne of steel drink cans saves 1.5 tonnes of iron ore,0.5 tones of coal and 40% water usage than if cans where made from scratch using raw materials.

Drink Cartons

Food and drink cartons can be taken to recycling points at john Muir house.
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