How to recycle nearly anything

How to recycle nearly anything

The ‘Recycle Now’ Directory features a comprehensive list of items and what to do with them. Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP, and used locally by over 90% of English authorities. For other items, such as clothes, shoes, accessories, homeware, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, toys and sports equipment, check out Charity Shop Locator to find your local charity shop.

But first, always reuse, repair or share

Before dropping off your clothes at the charity shop, chucking out a broken lamp, or tossing out perfectly edible food, consider alternative options. By learning to repair, putting surplus food on Olio, or dropping off unwanted but usable goods at a Reuse Hub, you are extending the life of a product instead of using up valuable resources to sort, clean and recycle.

  1. Reuse Network – find items such as 
  2. Repair Cafes – A meeting place to learn how to fix things such as clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys etc
  3. The Restart Project – A social enterprise that teaches you how to repair broken electronics through their Restart Parties
  4. Repair Directory by The Restart Project (Beta version – East and North London only) – Search the Restart Repair Directory to find a reliable repair business in your area.
  5. Community Fridges by Hubbub – A simple way of sharing good food that would otherwise go to waste
  6. Olio – A food sharing app for giving away surplus food and other non-food items in your local area
  7. Packshare – Share unwanted packing material like bubble wrap and boxes in your local area

Food Packaging Recycling

  1. Ella’s Kitchen Food Pouches Recycling by Terracycle
  2. Crisp Packet Recycling by Terracycle
  3. Pringles® Can Recycling by Terracycle
  4. Tayto® Crisp and Snack Packaging Recycling by Terracycle
  5. Tassimo® & L’OR® Recycling by Terracycle

Personal Care Recycling

  1. L’Occitane® Recycling by Terracycle
  2. Beauty Product Packaging Recycling (Any type) by Terracycle
  3.  Cosmetic Packaging Recycling (Any type) by Origins
  4. Weleda® Soft Touch Plastic Tubes Recycling by Terracycle

Household Recycling

  1. Bottle Cap Recycling at Lush shops (Lush bottle caps, Milk bottle caps, Soft drink caps, Juice bottle caps, Fabric softener caps only)
  2. Writing Instruments Recycling by Terracycle
  3. Old batteries, energy-efficient light bulbs and Brita Filters Recycling by Robert Dyas
  4. Energy-efficient light bulbs recycling (Old style glass and filament light bulbs are not recyclable)
  5. Pet Food Recycling by Terracycle
  6. Dishwashing, cleaning and fragrance flexible packaging recycling by Terracycle

Bra Recycling

  1. Bra Recycling by Against Breast Cancer
  2. Bra Recycling by Bravissimo
  3. Bra Recycling by Smalls for All

Clothes Recycling

  1. H&M – textiles recycling (10% off discount voucher)
  2. And Other Stories – textiles and own-brand beauty products recycling (10% off discount voucher)
  3. Monki – textiles recycling, no shoes (10% off discount voucher)
  4. Weekday – textiles recycling (10% off discount voucher)
  5. Marks & Spencer – textiles recycling

Electronics Recycling

  1. Brother Toner and Inkjet Cartridge Recycling by Terracycle
  2. Electricals and Electronics Recycling by Curry’s PC World
  3. Apple – Trade-in any qualifying Apple product and get an Apple Gift Card

Medical Supplies Recycling

  1. Inhaler Recycling by GSK
  2. Spectacle Frame/Glasses Recycling by Vision Aid Overseas
  3. Contact Lens Recycling by Terracycle
  4. Medical Supplies (especially wigs, wheelchairs and walking aids) by Hospices of Hope
  5. Disposable Gloves Recycling by Terracycle


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