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Are you throwing away these recyclable household items?

10 August 2020

We all know you can recycle cardboard, paper and drinks cans, but there are lots of other items around the house that many of us mistakenly think are not recyclable! So, to help you become an even better eco-warrior, we reveal 5 common household items that can, in fact, be recycled!  

How to recycle aerosols

Many local authorities will accept aerosol cans in their kerbside recycling pick up as the cans are usually made from 60% tinplated steel and 40% aluminium – both useful and recyclable materials. Before you pop it in your recycling bin, make sure the aerosol can is completely empty, detach any loose parts, such as the lid, and make sure you don’t pierce, crush or flatten it. 

Batteries are recyclable 

Yes, batteries are recyclable and some councils even collect them as part of the household collection service. However, most will not so you’ll need to take them to your local recycling centre. Some supermarkets and DIY stores also offer this service. All household batteries can be recycled, as can watch batteries, battery packs from laptops, mobile phones, power tools and remote controls. Car batteries will need to be taken to a special collection point. 

Don’t throw away your old electrical items 

If you have old electrical items, such as a computer, iron or washing machine, don’t throw it away! Give it a new lease of life by taking it to your nearest recycling point that accepts Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (otherwise known as WEEE). To double check whether an item can be recycled as WEEE, simply ask yourself: 

  • Does it have a plug or need batteries?
  • Does it need charging?
  • Does it feature a picture of a wheelie bin with a cross through it?

If the answer is yes to any of these, then good news - it is recyclable! 

Mobile phones can be recycled 

While it may no longer be the latest model or have the most state-of-the-art features, your old mobile is still really useful. That’s because it contains lots of components that can be extracted and used again, including plastic, metals and even silver! Before you recycle your old mobile phone however, make sure you remove all personal data from the device. 

Plastic wrapping is recyclable

Before you throw plastic wrapping in the bin heading for landfill, where it will stay for hundreds of years, double check if it can be recycled. While not all plastic wrapping will be suitable for recycling, such as cling film, food and drink pouches or film lids, many can be turned into something new. These recyclable plastic wrappers include, but are not limited to: 

  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Bread bags
  • Breakfast cereal bags
  • Frozen food bags (chips, peas, chicken dippers etc.)
  • Bubble wrap 

W&S Recycling is the South’s leading recycling company and is dedicated to doing everything we can to ensure as much waste stays out of landfill as possible. To find out more about our recycling services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today on 01202 675564.




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