7 things you should be putting in recycling
Sometimes trying to figure out what you can and can’t put into your recycling bins can be a bit confusing, especially when faced with issues of food contamination. If you’re looking for new ways to reduce the amount of rubbish you throw away then perhaps it’s time to take a look at the things you’re assuming can’t be recycled, and seeing where you can make some positive changes, armed with some accurate recycling information.
- Foil trays
Takeaway containers are frequently discarded full of uneaten leftovers, but if you dispose of the contents and rinse the carton out to remove the traces of food, it can easily be recycled without worrying about contamination.
- Plastic film
There is some debate on what to do with the plastic film that seals our food, but the easiest way to check is to look for the recycling logo printed on the packaging itself. While you can’t put this plastic into your kerbside bins, you can bring it to the carrier bag collection point at your local supermarket. Common plastic film products that can be recycled here include plastic breads bags, plastic cereal bags or plastic newspaper and magazine wrap. Find out more about what to do with plastic film here.
- Perfume bottles
If you’ve spent some time browsing around duty free this summer, then you might have replaced your old perfume for a new scent. But what should you do with your old empty perfume or aftershave bottle? Once they’re completely empty they can be recycled with the rest of your glass containers.
- Deodorant cans
Once a deodorant can is empty many people throw it in the bin without realising that it too can be recycled instead of being sent to landfill. Once it’s completely finished, simply separate the plastic lid from the metal canister and recycle both parts.
- Air freshener spray cans
Your air freshener cans can be recycled in the same way as your deodorant canisters – simply separate the plastic and metal and recycle them as normal.
You should never throw batteries which contain lithium into the bin, as they contain harmful chemicals which over time will erode in landfill sites and leak. Instead, use the dedicated recycling bins in many popular locations to drop off your used batteries, like supermarkets and shopping centres. A better solution here would be to buy rechargeable batteries, so you don’t have to throw any away.
- Detergent bottles
Once you’ve squeezed the last of your detergent out to do the dishes, give it a rinse and add it to the recycling bin with the rest of your plastics.