What Can I Do? Recycling

Recycling is quick, simple and something that we all can do without even leaving our homes!

We need to consider what we buy, how we use it and how we dispose of it.

By becoming mindful and thinking about the way that we dispose of our waste, we can save both the environment and money.

We have put together simple but really effective recycling ideas.

Quick Tips

Recycling may be different where you live...

Recycling at home may be different where you live compared to other areas.

Make sure to check your local Councils website to see what goes in what bin.

It is important to put the right things in the right bins so make sure you know what is correct.


For South Yorkshire:





Man putting recycling in a wheelie bin


Before you place your cardboard boxes in your bin, make sure that you flatten them. If you have a big box, break it up into smaller pieces.

This way you can fit more in your bin and recycle more!


Plastic bottles

Make sure to wash and squash your plastic bottles before placing them in the correct recycling bin.

This way you can fit more in your bin.

Man squashing plastic bottle
Clothes on rail

Clothing and textiles

Did you know that in the UK around 336,000 tonnes of our unwanted clothing gets thrown away every year?

We all have clothing and textiles that are past there best, but these can be recycled too. Take them to a clothes bank or to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

If they are still in good condition, consider selling them, donating them or giving them to friends and family.

Read more about reusing here 

Recycling symbols

The symbols on packaging can be confusing!

Check out Recycle Now's guide here which explains them a bit more.

Think you know your recycling symbols? Put your knowledge to the test with our recycling symbols quiz! 

Bin filled with recycling

did you know?

By recycling just one glass bottle, enough power is saved to power a light bulb for four hours.

More recycling tips

Recycling in the kitchen

Kitchen recycling

Why not add a separate bin or bag to put the recycling in your kitchen in?  That way you can recycle all the glass bottles, jars, cans and cardboard you use.

For the energy it takes to make 1 brand new aluminium can, we could recycle 20 cans.

Bathroom recycling

From loo roll tubes to shampoo and cleaning bottles, there are many items in our bathrooms that can be recycled.

Why not make it easier for yourself by placing a bag, box or bin in your bathroom to put all your recyclables in?

Read our blog on how to reduce plastic in the bathroom here 


Recycling found in the bathroom
Pile of electronic gadgets

Electrical items

These can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) or some items may be accepted by some large retailers for recycling. 

If it is in good working condition, consider donating it to a charity shop or giving it to a friend or family member.



Batteries can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centres or taken to supermarkets or electrical stores. 

Consider using rechargeable batteries instead, these can be used over and over again.  

clear plastic tub filled with recycling

Unsure on where to recycle something?

Check out Recycle Now's postcode checker to see what you can recycle in your area.

Link here


Some items such as toothpaste tubes, food pouches and crisps packets can be recycled through Terracycle's recycling schemes.

See what is available in your area at the moment here 

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