Skip to content
Foil scrunched into a ball on a kitchen worktop

How to Recycle

Things you might not know can be recycled

On this page

88% of UK citizens regularly recycle with over half of us recycling more in the past year than before. Whilst many of us have a recycling routine that works for us our annual recycling survey revealed that there are some common items that are not being recycled when they could be. Making sure we recycle items from all around the home every time can make a big difference.

Recycling from the bathroom

There are lots of items in the bathroom waiting to be recycled.

Why not have a separate recycling bin in the bathroom or reuse a basket or box for all your aerosols, toilet roll tubes and cleaning bottles. You could even hang a recycling bag on the back of the bathroom door.

Most of us recycle shampoo and conditioner bottles, but don’t forget to recycle items such as:

  • Bathroom cleaners - rinse and replace the trigger spray

  • Bleach bottles - empty and replace the lid

  • Liquid soap bottles - empty, rinse and remove the pump dispenser (throw pump into the rubbish bin)

  • Shower gel containers - empty, rinse items and replace the lid or top

  • Toilet roll tubes - flatten

  • Toothpaste boxes – flatten

Recycling from the bedroom

Did you know that if everyone in the UK recycled an empty aerosol, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in 273,000 homes for a year?

Items you might want to look out for in the bedroom include:

  • Empty deodorant and hairspray aerosols - ensure cans are empty and remove plastic caps (recycle with plastics)

  • Empty tissue boxes - remove any plastic insert and flatten

  • Make up packaging

  • Moisturiser pots, tubes and jars

  • Old magazines

Recycling from the living room

Most of us recycle newspapers and magazines. Did you know that in less than seven days you could be reading your favourite magazine on paper that you have recycled?

Other items that you might find for recycling in the living room include:

  • Aerosol air fresheners

  • Cardboard packaging from online shopping - remove packaging tape and flatten to save space in your recycling bin

  • Envelopes, including window envelopes

Recycling from the kitchen

Most of us remember to recycle in the kitchen where we often have an established routine for separating our recyclables. However, below are some items that can be recycled that are often forgotten:

  • Aerosols of furniture polish and air fresheners - ensure they are empty and remove any plastic caps (recycle with plastics)

  • Bleach bottles - empty and replace the lid

  • Empty dishwasher tablet and kitchen wrap boxes - flatten to save space in your recycling bin

  • Foil

  • Kitchen foil and foil pie cases and takeaway trays – rinsed

  • Kitchen roll tubes

  • Surface cleaner bottles - rinse and replace the trigger spray

  • Washing-up liquid bottles - empty and rinse

  • Empty pizza boxes

  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (remember to check locally if your council collect these)

Find out what you can recycle at home

Enter your postcode to check

Explore more

Help spread the word by sharing this page