There are a number of potential barriers which prevent householders participating in re-use.

These including the following:  

  • Entrenched disposal habits
  • Activities can be seen as time consuming
  • Lack of knowledge about services available
  • Lack of knowledge about where to donate
  • Lack of knowledge about where the activities take place
  • Lack of facilities for donation
  • Re-used items may be seen as inferior products, with little guarantee of reliability
  • Image-conscious consumers may not want to buy second-hand goods or exchange items
  • Stigma of using someone’s old items.