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Cotton buds

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Are cotton buds recyclable?

  • Cotton buds are not recyclable, even those with paper stems, and should be put in the waste bin.

  • Never flush them down the toilet as they can block systems and pollute the environment.

Good to know

Plastic stemmed cotton buds have been banned in England since April 2020, along with plastic straws and drinks stirrers.

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