Clothing, toys and bric-a-brac which is in reasonable condition can be donated to Charity Shops, sold at Car Boot sales or you could try ebay.
With a bit of imagination quite a lot of household waste can be recycled or reused by someone – stamps for local charities, toner and inkjet cartridges can be refilled, egg boxes for those who keep hens or shredded paper as bedding for pets.
Many schools, youth groups etc collect various items like toner cartridges and mobile phones to help fund raise – so it’s always worth checking before you throw something.
If your are happy to give the item away for free you could try freecycle. For more information visit the website, there are several groups locally.
If you don’t reuse your Christmas cards as gift labels for next year you can still do your bit to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Christmas Card recycling Schemes collection points can usually be found during January at supermarkets and some High Street Stores.
At Valentines and Easter after eating the chocolate, the printed packaging can be recycled in your green box or taken to a recycling centre.