So what types can be recycled?
It does vary slightly depending where you live in London. Check out our services at a glance area for some simple ‘at-a-glance’ information and check our postcode locator for more in-depth details. If you’re still unclear, check your local council website – all councils have web pages dedicated to recycling.
Generally though, you can recycle these things at home...
Hand soap bottles
Remember to remove the pumps!
Shower gel bottles
Plastic pots, tubs and trays
Clear and coloured plastic bottles
Plastic spray cleaner bottles
And you can’t recycle these...
Medicine blister packs
Plastic toys (hard plastic)
Plastic bottles containing chemicals
Squeezy toothpaste tubes
It’s estimated that around 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million of these are recycled. In London, we get through an average of two million plastic bottles of water every day. Consider investing in a reusable water bottle and Keep Cup and avoid single-use plastic wherever possible to help reduce plastic waste.
Check out our waste prevention tips and start your journey to zero waste today!
A rinse will do
Rinse packaging – leftover food residue can ruin your recycling.
Leave the labels
Leave labels on but remove plastic film and chuck in your rubbish bin.
A-Z of recycling
You can use our A-Z search to find out information about most things you can recycle and where to recycle them.