Washing Machine donated from TECHNI

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Hans Jacob Gjersøe and his family, has been helping out in the NewUse shop in Hikkadwa this summer.  He surprised us with the news that his company and colleagues wanted to help NewUse, in donating a washing machine!


Techni AS is a Norwegian R&D Consultancy firm, delivering cutting edge R&D services within mechanic, electronic and Industrial design along with production. More information on


Thank you!


For NewUse in Hikkaduwa this is helping us a lot. The previous years we had high expenses on laundry services from others. No we can arrange everything our self and save both time and money! Money saved means of course more money that can go directly to our helping projects. 

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Machine installed......

and tested: 


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NewUse in the Galle Fort Market


NewUse in the Galle Fort Market

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The Galle Fort Market (Facebook -link ) is happening every Saturday from 09:00 to 18.00. 

The vendors are selling different things: crafts, batik, wood carvings, jewellery and souvenirs. There is also several food stalls. You can get delicious rice and curry, german sausages and fresh juices, just to mention a few. 

This summer, with help from the volunteers, we have also been represented in the Fort Market. 

NewUse sells second hand clothes and Eco friendly products like stainless steel reusable straws and more. 


Come support the market next time!



The Theiste Gjerøse-Family volonteering in NewUse Hikkaduwa for 2 months

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The Theiste Gjerøse-Family volonteering in NewUse Hikkaduwa for 2 months

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NewUse were lucky to get this family volunteering for us this summer. They arrived in Hikkaduwa in June, and have put so much work and effort into the NewUse shop in that time. 

At the time when they planned to be in Sri Lanka, we really needed help in cleaning and organising the shop and some repairs. This family was the perfect match, as they like physical work and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Check out some of the work they have been doing this summer: 

* They cleaned and organised the shop and all the donations. Really needed!

* They painted the shelf and our donation box. 

* They repaired a door, sign board and much more.

* They made a new wall display for the shopping bags, og cinnamon wood and coconut ropes.

* Same materials and design was used when making a new clothes rack. It really looks nice in our shop!

* They worked in the shop, selling second hand clothes and eco friendly products.

* They joined the beach cleanups in Hikkaduwa Beach. 

* They represented NewUse in the Galle Fort Market. Read more about this HERE


Thank you so much for all your help, 

and for all your smiles and positivity!

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Thank you!

Hans Jacob, Ingun, Ola and Silje 

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5 simple steps to recycling

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There is a growing interest in ECO-friendly solutions and green living in Sri Lanka at the moment. Many residents in our area have a desire to reduce their waste and contribute to recycling. Unfortunately, the information on how to do so, is not easily accessible, especially to people who do not speak and read Sinhala. 

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Photo of Hikkaduwa, Thiranagama. This photo shows the beauty of our beach town, and it is important to keep it clean!


Step 1: Separate your garbage

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The most important things to separate are GLASS, PLASTIC and PAPER. These items are picked up by the normal collection- tractor and they are sold to recycling companies. Giving it away in separated boxes ensures that it is all recycled and does not end up in landfills.

To help you get started, we made these boards with English and Sinhala text so that your family, guests and the garbage-collectors can easily see the different types of waste you are separating. You can print the images below in the size you prefer.


Step 2: Make Compost

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Turn food waste into valuable soil! Composting is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of waste your family produces.

  • Build your own compost bin or buy a green one shown in the image above from Arpico (4,000 LKR).
  • Put food waste like rice, bread and vegetables in every day.
  • Add leaves, dead flowers and other garden waste every week.
  • After 1-2 months open the hatch and take out the compost. Mix it with soil and use it to plant flowers or grow vegetables. 
  • Do not add meat and bones to the compost!

Step 3: Reduce residual waste

Hopefully, after composting food waste and separating plastic, paper and glass, there should not be much waste left. This residual waste will most likely end up in landfills so try to reduce as much as you can. 

The first, and most important step in this process is of course to BUY LESS!

However, from time to time there are things that we need to get rid of. And then it would be nice to give it away to your friends or neighbours. You can also donate clothes, books and other things to the NewUse shop. We are also happy to accept broken/torn clothes and fabrics, as we use the materials to make products.  Check out our updated opening hours on our Facebook-page.

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Suggestions on REUSING and REDUCING will be the subject of another blog post. 


Step 4: Delivery for recycling


The Urban Council in Hikkaduwa is responsible for collecting the garbage. As the situation is now (March 2018) it is working out OK in our area, at least much better than many other parts of Sri Lanka. Still it is not perfect, and we are hoping the service will improve.

In the main road - Galle Road - garbage is collected every morning except full moon days and public holidays.

Pinkanda Road:   Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Thiranagama to Pinkanda Road: Tuesday and Saturday

Lenawatta: Thursday

The situation on other roads in the area is less clear. Please give us input if you have more details. 

  • Make sure you put your bins and containers out in the street from 07:00 in the morning to make sure it will be collected. 
  • No need to use new, fancy bins (they might be stolen from the street). 
  • The paper, plastic and glass bottles can be delivered in open bins. No need to wrap it in plastic. 
  • The garbage collectors seperate plastic, paper and glass on the truck. 
  • The Urban Council sells plastic, paper and glass to large recycling companies in Colombo. These companies collect from Hikkaduwa once a week. 
  • The garbage collection service is free. However, it is common practice for residents to make a small payment to the collectors. If you are living a bit off the main road, a small monthly payment, will help to get the garbage collected (200 LKR). Especially before New Year you should give a small tip. After all, these people are doing a very important job here in Hikkaduwa.


BATTERIES can be delivered to the Post Office in Hikkaduwa!

Glass bottles (beer, soft drinks etc) can be returned to the shop where you bought them. You will get the deposit you paid back. 


If you live in the Thalpe, Galle and Unawatuna area, please contact THALPE RECYCLING CENTRE for information on their recycling services.  

Get more ideas from the Facebook group: Sri Lanka Cleaning and Recycling Program


Step 5: Spread the word and ACT!

Reducing your waste and separating garbage ready for recycling are the most important things you can do. What a difference it would make if all households and hotels did the same!

So, let´s start the change today.

The first step towards change is to create awareness by sharing this information and talking to other people.  

We are all part of the problem and we must all be part of the solution. Besides separating garbage at home, collect plastic from the beach whenever you visit. Bring it home and give it to to the garbage collectors the following morning.  You are also welcome to join our monthly beach clean-up. 

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Reduce, reuse and recycle

This is the information we have on recycling in the Hikkaduwa-area right now. In upcoming blog posts, we will share ideas for REDUCING and REUSING. Stay tuned!


Let´s help each other to spread the word!

NewUse want to do what we can to share information about this subject. Please contribute with information that you have and we will keep this guide updated. Leave your comment to this blog. 

Please share it with your friends living in Sri Lanka, and ask for input. 




An update on "the Family by the river"


We are sorry that is has taken us long to give this family better living conditions. But we continue our work in the NewUse shop here in Hikkaduwa to raise money for building a new house. Please buy clothes and ECO friendly products in our shop, if you are in the area! The shop is open from 12:00 to 20:00 every day exept Tuesdays (14:30-20:00) and Sundays and Holidays (closed).

People are also generously donating money to this project.

At the moment we have a total of LKR 700.392 

We were hoping to raise LKR 1.000.000 before we start building, to make sure we have enough to complete the house, including the bathroom and electricity. If you want to help us you can donate to Newuse through PayPal or Vipps: #86985.

We are planning to start build their house in July this year, and will keep posting about the progress.