What can I recycle?

What better topic to start off the Recycle Week blog with than the council recycling service. You may have heard items like plastic yoghurt pots and margarine tubs have just been added to the list of things you can recycle from home, but did you know you

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays

What can I recycle from home?

Using your orange sacks or orange-lidded recycling banks you can recycle:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • juice and soup cartons
  • plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • paper and card, including telephone directories, catalogues and magazines
  • tins, cans and aerosols

For a useful list of what can and cannot be recycled from home visit the recycling collection services pages.

Where else can I recycle?

  • Public sites There are a number of public recycling sites dotted around Wandsworth where you can recycle additional materials like clothing and printer cartridges. 
  • Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRC's) There are two HWRC's in the borough which accept things like fluorescent tubes, gas bottles and old TV's. If you're planning to go there with a trailer or in a van you will have to register beforehand. For details on how to do this as well as opening times and a list of materials you can take there, use the links on the HWRC web pages
  • Libraries and leisure centres All libraries and leisure centres in the borough have battery tubes, mobile phone recycling envelopes and leaflets on recycling. They also have stocks of "No Junk Mail" stickers.

What else can I recycle?

Still not sure what to do with the item you want to recycle? Perhaps it's listed on the recycling A-Z. This page has information on alternative ways to get rid of items you don't want without throwing them in the bin.

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There are 2 responses to “What can I recycle?”

  1. Ian Green Says:

    Recycling the plastic, such as yogurt pots and plastic food trays is making a huge difference to me. Not only do I find I end up with quite a lot of this packaging during a normal week, but I find it takes up a lot of room in the bin as it tends not to squash. So being able to put it all in recycling (remembering to give it a quick rinse out first) is BRILLIANT!

  2. Roland Gilmore Says:

    When will orange sacks be printed with the internationaly recognised standard numbers in a triangle on them? I think that most people still do not know that black plastic food trays can be placed in the orange sacks.