How can I reuse or recycle newspapers?
John and I prefer the ‘reduce’ option when it comes to newspapers and choose to read our news online most of the time. But every now and then, we buy a paper to read on a journey or over lunch, or get a free ad-rag shoved through the letter box.
It seems a shame just throw them in the green bin once we’re done – but aside from keeping a few around for temporary dustsheets, we don’t have that much use for them.
- Reduce: Read the news online and if you really want to read a specific article offline, you can print it out (double-sided, draft quality) – printing out an article a day will still save a lot of paper compared to buying a full newspaper filled with bits you might not read.
- Reuse: Use them with vinegar to clean windows and mirrors, press them into logs for the fire or pots for seedlings, or use them to “bulk out” heavy soil or compost.
- Recycle: Newspapers are widely accepted in doorstep recycling bins and at local household waste centres.
- See the comments below for more suggestions and ideas
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