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Common Items in Your Home That Can Be Reused and Recycled

Currently, our world is facing turbulent times, where all of us are advised to manage our waste to help curb the global temperature. Moreover, several eco-friendly campaigns, such as the Green Earth Movement, encourages people to reduce, reuse, and recycle their rubbish.

More often than not, your daily activity is generating a significant amount of rubbish. But in fact, we can always do more to consume less. By reusing items at home, not only will you help reduce your waste, but you also save money. 

Here are the common items in your home that can be reused and recycled.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags make up a considerable portion of the total rubbish generated in a typical Sydney household. That’s why repurposing it reduces the total amount of household rubbish.

Unlike disposable plastic, plastic bags are pretty sturdy and can be used to seal or wrap food and other objects. After you fully consume your cereals, you can clean the inner bag and cut it to wrap your sandwiches. 

More than storing food, you can reuse plastic bags as pet waste bags or trash bins. If you’re skilful in sewing plastic bags together, why not turn a handful into sturdy and reusable grocery totes?

Newspaper, Magazine, and Paper Bags

If your desks are overrun by paper and magazines, you can choose any of these great ways to recycle them, rather than dumping them in incinerators or trash bins.

Whenever you are feeling artsy, you can decorate used newspapers and grocery bags as wrapping paper. You can also take advantage of the paper’s high decomposition rate by turning it into compostable seed pots for indoor and outdoor gardening.

Besides, you can also let your creativity run wild by making DIY envelopes out of calendar pages. With a few colouring materials, glue, and a pair of scissors, you can decorate the envelopes however you want.

Glass Jars, Containers, and Cans

It is easy for us to recycle glass and metal. But did you know you can reuse them too? Glass jars and coffee canisters have tight lids, making them ideal containers for cooking ingredients and powdered milk/coffee. 

Furthermore, you can also use glass jars and cans as desk organisers and bathroom containers. But it doesn’t end there ‒ you can repurpose mason jars and pasta sauce jars to store cookies and other treats. Good snack storage is a must for every movie night.

Got a lot of leftover beer bottles? Think about reusing them as drinking glasses. How about making a wine rack or display shelves out of coffee cans? Just remove the tops and bottoms of coffee cans and glue them with a strong adhesive to hold them together.

Clothes and Towels

Fabric is among the most common items to reuse. Simply cut them up into cleaning rags and foot mats. You can also turn old clothes and towels into braided rugs and potholders only with little sewing skills.

Moreover, you can give your glass windows a good cleaning with old clothes and towels. Simply dip it in warm soapy water and wipe the smears and dirt away! Finally, with your sewing kit, you can cut shapes from old towels and use them as a mug or cup coaster so you can enjoy a cold beverage while keeping your desk dry.

Gallon Jugs, Plastic Bottles, and Takeout Containers

For starters, you can use jugs and bottles to store your cleaning solutions. To take it up a notch, you can transform plastic containers into bird feeders or food bins. Moreover, you can also cut them down to size and make dustpans or self-watering seed pots.

You can also repurpose a shampoo bottle as a station to secure your phone for the night, so you won’t lose it in the morning and miss the alarm. And don’t throw away the takeout containers! Many takeout containers are stiff and dishwasher-safe, making them excellent sponge holders for your kitchen.


Eventually, you will find it convenient to store shoes on cabinets, leaving shoeboxes empty. However, you can reuse these boxes as storage containers for school supplies such as pencils, notepads, and colour pens. Do you still have those old calendar pages? Decorate them uniformly and wrap them around the empty boxes to give them a uniform look.

You can also use an empty shoebox as a hobby kit to keep items such as pictures, electronics, fishing lures, and anything that could fit inside! Now you won’t lose your souvenirs and novelty items again.

Egg Cartons

Used egg cartons (particularly the washable styrofoam ones) can be reused to chill all sorts of stuff. From cookie dough, homemade patties, to chocolate, you name it. Additionally, its distinct shape makes it a perfect mould for gelatin and homemade chocolate, among other fun treats.

Finally, paper mache egg cartons are the perfect pots to grow seedlings for your indoor nursery. Planting is just one way to contribute to the green movement, and it can go a long way.

Paper Towel Rolls

If you want to save your plastic bags for later, you can stuff them in an empty paper towel roll. Furthermore, the cardboard rolls can effectively contain extension cords and secure hair bands and clips around it. You can also keep your beddings and clothes crease-free by rolling them around the sturdy cardboard rolls or cut them to size and use them as pen organizers. 


Don’t let disposal be your only choice for rubbish disposal. With a little ingenuity, you can cut down on your ecological footprint and save money by reusing everyday items at home. It’s the little things that count, and it all starts in the family. 

Aside from reusing and recycling household items to make the most out of them, relying on Paul’s Rubbish Removal for your rubbish disposal is just as recommended. More than collecting your household rubbish, we are much more involved in drives that aim to preserve and strengthen our only home.

We tailor our methods for efficient and safe household and commercial rubbish disposal. We want to divert as much waste from landfills as possible, making sure that all the waste we collect is recycled or disposed of in the most eco-friendly method.

Set a booking with our friendly staff at 0407 125 125 or email us for inquiries and a free quote.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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