Separating Recycling

What Can I Do? Separating Recycling

Some household items are easier to recycle than others. 

We all know we can recycle cardboard, plastic and glass but why do we do this? 

We have some quick tips and tricks on the do and don'ts of recycling separate household items. 

Quick Tips

Did you know you can recycle your used batteries? They can be easily recycled at a supermarket or local household waste recycling centre.


Each year we throw away 600 million batteries, if not disposed of properly these can cause fires and are a waste of precious metals.  Make sure you recycle your batteries or why not give rechargables a try.

Why not pop a recycling bin in your bathroom to collect your empty shampoo and shower gel bottles? A great way of starting to recycle plastic at home.

The recycled bottles can even be used to make football shirts! 

Only around 60% of glass bottles and jars get recycled in the UK. We often overlook recycling from the bedroom or bathroom, things like empty glass medicine bottles and glass perfume/ aftershave bottles can all be recycled.

Pizza boxes or any takeaway packaging with greasy residue on cannot be recycled. Instead, you could opt for a shop-bought pizza or food item, the packaging can be recycled as it has not been contaminated. 

did you know?

70% less energy is needed to recycle paper than if we make it from raw materials

Quick Tips

Donate your books to a charity shop so someone else can enjoy your favourite novel! You could even do a book swap between friends or start a swap shelf at work or in your local community centre! 

This is one we normally forget about. Tinfoil is made of aluminium so it can be rinsed off, scrunched up and in some areas be put in with your aluminium cans- or taken to a bring bank.

Recycling just six clean foil cases from individual apple pies could save enough energy to run a TV for 30 minutes.


Clothes can be donated to charity, gifted to friends and families or even upcycled into new outfits, cushion covers, and more! Old towels can even be cut up and used as cleaning cloths. 

When you buy a new hairdryer, pair of hair straighteners or other small electrical items, if the old one still works it could be given to a charity shop that accepts electrical items.  If they no longer work they can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or tip.