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What to do with DIY and garden tools?

03 APR 20 | 1 minute read

Many gardening and DIY hand tools can be re-used by others, even if they need simple repairs. If they are beyond repair though, you can sometimes recycle them at household waste recycling centres.

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

Gardening and DIY tools can’t be put into your recycling bin at home.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

Recycling facilities exist

Check with your local council to see if they accept gardening hand tools at the household waste recycling centre. Wooden and metal items can often be recycled.

Other recycling collections

Recycling facilities exist

Donate any gardening and DIY hand tools, including those that need simple repairs, to organisations that can reuse them.

The Conservation Foundation has a project called ‘The Tool Shed’ that accepts donations of gardening hand tools which are supplied to local schools free of charge. There’s a collection point in Edinburgh.

Check out your local tool library to see if they can take them.

What can you do?

  1. Instead of buying new tools, join your local tool library to borrow tools when you need them. Then they can be used by someone else all the time you’re not DIY-ing

  2. Pass unwanted tools onto friends and family or sell online

  3. Many of the things we throw away can often be repaired quite simply and cheaply. Search online for tips and advice on repairing hand tools

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.