My approach to designed objects always used to be Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.

I absolutely hate to throw things away, there are some many wonderfully crafted and manufactured objects out there that simply get thrown out because they have fulfilled their primary function, been damaged or don't work.

It is a shame, and even recycling is an energy conducive process so I say, look to reuse and repurpose and try to give your unwanted items a second life.