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 

Air freshener and home care waste can be recycled at The Refill Larder, High St, Teddington TW11 9JB, and Kew Riverside Primary School (please drop your recycling to the bin located behind the gates of Kew Riverside Pitches by Barker Close car park).
Find alternative locations.

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.
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 Traid textile bank, request a free Traid doorstep collection or find out more about textile recycling charity Traid.

Contact lenses These can now be recycled at local branches of Boots and other participating opticians. Find participating opticians. Get full details.
Cooking oil Recycle at Townmead Road Household Waste and Recycling centre
Cosmetics and beauty products packaging Kew Riverside Primary School has a recycling collection point for these in partnership with Terracycle. Please drop your recycling to the bin located behind the gates of Kew Riverside Pitches by Barker Close car park. This helps to raise funds for Kew Riverside Primary School.
Drinks cans
Electricals (all sizes)
Electricals (small)
Engine oil Recycle at Townmead Road Household Waste and Recycling centre
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
Light bulbs
  • Old style (incandescent) light bulbs and halogen bulbs: Cannot be recycled easily and should be wrapped and disposed of with general rubbish
  • Fluorescent bulbs: Townmead Road
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.

A baby goes through four to ten nappy changes daily, totalling approximately 1kg of disposable nappy waste every day. Across West London, babies produce at least 5,700 tonnes of waste resulting in overflowing of rubbish and recycling bins and up to £700,000 in disposal costs every year.

If you're a Richmond resident, you can borrow a washable nappy pack at no charge from West London Waste Authority for three weeks to try out a wide range of washable nappies. Each pack contains everything you need to see whether washable nappies are right for you and for your little one(s).

If you're interested in borrowing a nappy pack and making a positive environmental impact, please visit the West London Nappies website for further information and to apply.

Get information and advice on buying new real nappies, second hand real nappies and real nappy laundry services from Real Nappies for London.

Early potty training can reduce nappy waste.

Oral care and dental products and packaging

Kew Riverside Primary School has a recycling collection point for these in partnership with Terracycle. Please drop your recycling to the bin located behind the gates of Kew Riverside Pitches by Barker Close car park. This helps to raise funds for Kew Riverside Primary School.

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)

Plastics (baby food pouches, bread bags, crisp packets, chocolate/sweet/biscuit/cake wrappers, ring carriers and various other hard to recycle plastics)

Pringles tubes, seals and lids

Kew Riverside Primary School has a recycling collection point for these in partnership with Terracycle. Get full details of what you can recycle. Please drop your recycling to the bin located behind the gates of Kew Riverside Pitches by Barker Close car park. 

Printer ink and toner cartridges

Kew Riverside Primary School has partnered with Empties Please to recycle both used and new printer cartridges. Please drop your cartridges to the bin located behind the gates of Kew Riverside Pitches by Barker Close car park.

Raw vegetable waste
Shoes Recycle pairs of shoes with clothes/textiles (must tied together or separately bagged).
Textiles Find your nearest Traid textile bank, request a free Traid doorstep collection or find out more about textile recycling charity Traid.
Water filters Kew Riverside Primary School has a recycling collection point for these in partnership with Terracycle. Please drop your recycling to the bin located behind the gates of Kew Riverside Pitches by Barker Close car park.

Updated: 08 September 2020