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How to Recycle

How to recycle at home

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Recycling is easy and most of us are recycling as much as we can. Follow our simple steps and start recycling today.

Steps to start recycling

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    Find out what you can recycle at home - check our Recycling Locator tool to find out what you can put in your home recycling bins and whether you have a food and garden waste collection.

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    Check you have the right bins, box, bag or caddy - nine out of ten of us have household recycling collections, so if you don't already have a recycling bin, box, bag or caddy it's worth contacting your local authority to check.

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    Check the date - find out from your local authority which day your recycling will be collected. Your recycling may be collected weekly, fortnightly or even monthly. Mark the date on a calendar or add a reminder to your phone.

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    Find a place to store your recycling - now that you know which items you can recycle, find a convenient place to store them before you take them out to the bin. Remember recyclables from your bathroom and other rooms at home!

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    Make sure everyone in your house knows - encourage family and housemates to check whether items can be reused or recycled before they are thrown away.

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    If you don't have a recycling collection at home find your nearest recycling drop-off point. Our Recycle an Item pages give detailed information on how and where to recycle a specific item that can't be recycled at home.

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