Where to recycle your items

Find out how to reduce, re-use or recycle various types of waste and unwanted items.

Recycling, reuse and waste reduction A-Z
Item Details
Aerosol cans (empty)
Air freshener and home care products  TerraCycle and Febreze have partnered to create a free recycling programme for air freshener and home care waste, and a fundraising opportunity for participants.
Aluminium foil
Batteries
Beach plastics TerraCycle partners with clean-up organisations to keep beaches free of rigid plastics. Check out the Beach Plastic Recycling Network on Facebook.
Beauty products packaging TerraCycle and Garnier have partnered to create a free recycling programme for all beauty products packaging. The programme also offers participants the opportunity to fundraise for their favourite school or charity.
Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers TerraCycle, McVitie's, Carr's, Go Ahead and Jacob's have partnered to create a free recycling programme for any brand of biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers, with a fundraising opportunity for participants.
Cardboard
Cartons
Cigarette waste TerraCycle and JTI have partnered to create the Cigarette Waste Programme. All the waste collected through this free programme will be made into a variety of useful plastic products such as plastic lumber and boards that can be used for items ranging from construction holding, signage and table tops. Any remaining tobacco or paper will be composted, nothing will go to landfill.
Clothes

Find your nearest textile bank, request a free doorstep collection or donate to charity.

Contact lenses These can now be recycled at local branches of Boots and other participating opticians. Find participating opticians. Get full details.
Drinks cans
Electricals (all sizes)
Electricals (small)
Food tins (clean)
Food and drinks cartons (clean and dry)
Food waste
  • Food recycling caddy (Houses, maisonettes and trial area purpose built flats)
  • This portion planner provides guidance on how much food you need for each person for each meal. It's simple to use and calculates the typical serving sizes for you.
Furniture
Garden waste
Glass bottles and jars
Nappies

Re-usable (or 'real') cloth nappies are kinder to the environment than single-use disposable ones so long as you do not wash/tumble dry them at high temperature.
Real nappies are also cheaper than disposables in the long run, especially if you buy them second hand and use them for more than one baby.

Borrow a sample pack of real nappies from West London Waste.

Find out more about real nappies, and where to buy on the Real Nappies for London website.

Early potty training can reduce nappy waste.

Oral care products and packaging TerraCycle and Colgate have partnered to create a free recycling programme for all oral care products and packaging. The programme operates through a network of drop-off locations. You can either take items to an existing public drop-off location or set up a new one. Setting up your own drop-off location entitles you to points that can be redeemed into financial donations to a school or charity of your choice. 
Paper
Pet food pouches TerraCycle, Whiskas and James Wellbeloved have partnered to create a free recycling programme for all pet food plastic pouches and flexible plastic bags. There is a network of existing public drop-off locations and you can also set up a new drop-off location which then entitles you to points that can be redeemed into financial donations to the school or charity of your choice.
Plastic bags and films
  • Large supermarkets
Plastic bottles
Plastic pots, tubs and trays (clean)
Raw vegetable waste
Tassimo T DISCs, outer packaging, L'OR capsules, Kenco Eco Refill packs and coffee jar lids TerraCycle has partnered with Tassimo and L'OR to create a free recycling programme for Tassimo T DISCs, outer packaging, L'OR capsules, Kenco Eco Refill packs and coffee jar lids. There is a drop-off point at Sainsburys Local, Hampton Hill. 
Textiles Find your nearest textile bank, request a free doorstep collection or donate to charity.

Updated: 15 August 2019