Recycling top tips
Top tips to make sorting your recycling simpler
If it’s plastic and bottle shaped, recycle it
In the UK we only recycle 58% of bottles at home. We can do better! Just empty, crush and replace the lids before recycling. And remember to recycle bleach and detergent bottles too. You can leave the trigger sprays on.
Remember to recycle from the bathroom
It’s important to remember to recycle from the bathroom. If everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year. Toothpaste boxes, toilet roll tubes, aerosols, shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner bottles can all be recycled – just take the pump dispenser off liquid soap bottles first.
Give it a quick rinse
For pots, tubs and trays, just remove the plastic film and give it a quick rinse before recycling. There’s no need to get every spot of food off. Dishwashing them is a step too far, and a waste of energy!
Leave the lid on
When recycling glass, empty the contents and put the lid back on. This includes the metal lids on jam jars and the caps on bottles as glass reprocessors separate them. But don’t put drinking glasses or Pyrex cookware in the recycling as they’re made from different materials which can’t be recycled.
Remove food from card packaging
Remove chunks of food from paper and card packaging before recycling. For example, you can put in the pizza box, just make sure that any food has been removed.
Use the scrunch test
Not sure if a piece of paper can be recycled? Try scrunching it up in your hand. If it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled. It’s a good test to use with wrapping paper. And if you’re recycling birthday cards, tear off any glittery bits first.
Give it a quick squish
Give cans and plastic bottles a quick squish - that’ll save room in your recycling bin and make them more efficient to transport. Scrunch foil items loosely together to help them get through the sorting process without getting lost.
If you’re not sure, check
If you’re not sure if, how or where you can recycle an item, visit the Recycle Now Recycling Locator - just put in your postcode to get your answer.