Recycle Week 2015 – Outdoor Gear Reuse & Recycling

Recycle Week 2015 - 22-28th June

This year Recycle Week in the UK is taking place from 22nd – 28th June 2015.

The theme is ‘recycling around the home’. The idea is to get us all thinking about all the items we can recycle from around the home that we might not previously have thought about recycling.

For many of us that will include outdoor gear of all types, shapes and sorts.

We thought it might be helpful to create a list of current initiatives that are involved in recycling outdoor gear in the UK. If you know of any please add them in the comments below and we will put them on the list. If you spot recycling bins for outdoor gear in an outdoor shop please let us know in the comment below. Send a photo to or via Facebook or Twitter

Thank you.

Let’s make a start – Recycling and Reuse Outdoor Gear in the UK:

Green Peak Gear – Green Peak Gear’s aspiration is that none of the climbing gear they collect goes to landfill. At the moment they collect use climbing ropes, harnesses hardware and helmets from various climbing walls. Read more

Gift Your Gear – No stranger to Rohantime readers.  An award-winning nationwide initiative. Gift Your Gear collected all unwanted used outdoor gear via person donation or working with outdoor companies. The donated  gear is distributed to community organisations, youth groups & charities working with young people in the UK outdoors. Partnering the unwanted with the needed Read more

ROG – Recycle Outdoor Gear Brings new life for your old gear – Buy Sell Swap or Donate used unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment. Read more

ROGBlog – Highlights the stories of recycling and reuse of outdoor gear in the UK Read more

Glove Love a matchmaking service for single gloves. Read more

Scavenger  – based in Sheffield, designs and makes products out of waste materials.Produce some wonderful bags from retired climbing ropes Read more

Paramo – The Páramo Recycling Scheme is a safe route for disposal of unwanted garments. Read more

Rohan – All Rohan Shops collect unwanted outdoor clothing for Gift Your Gear Read more

Re-Boot – Recycle your old walking boots or shoes at a Mountain Warehouse store  Read more

A number of forums, blogs  and Facebook groups have dedicated threads on the topic. Offering buy/sell and trading of used and second-hand outdoor gear. This is where you can really help, please add the ones you use or have come across in the comments below.

UK Climbing

Outdoor Gear Exchange

Rohantime Forum Gear Swap

My Outdoors covers the topics

Opportunities to recycle bikes is much better catered for in the UK. A quick Goole search will bring out a number of organisations and you can search in your own area.

Re~Cycle – A UK charity committed to improving life prospects through the provision of cheap, sustainable transport in Africa.  Read more

CtC The National Cycling Charity has a Bike Recycling Directory

Bike Hub have a list Read more

Please add a comment if you know of any other recycling or reuse services for outdoor gear and equipment in the UK.

Read more about Recycle Week 2015

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Rohan Heritage

One Comment

  1. Zara Hunt says:

    As a trekking enthusiast I support that initiative! Often, outdoor equipment costs too much and donating your stuff, usually in decent condition, cost you nothing but is really useful to someone else!

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