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Recycling at Home


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Working out what should be put in recycling can seem confusing, especially when it comes to different kinds of plastics, for example. We can help with our guide of what can and can’t be recycled around the home, as well as ways of reusing the things we normally throw away. 


What can we recycle in the home?

There are opportunities to recycle throughout the home, and it can be easier to break down how we do this by particular room, especially the bathroom and kitchen. These have the most ‘grey areas’ of what can be recycled and thrown away on a regular basis because of different types of plastic bottles and food packaging. But always remember that recycled materials are everywhere in the home. Most paper, plastics, clothing, some bedding and metals like aluminium can all be recycled.

  • Recycling in the Bathroom
  • Kitchen Recycling

What can’t be recycled in the home?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to recycle everything, so there will be some things to look out for that will go into the rubbish bin


  • Adhesive tape

  • Tissues and wet wipes

  • Cotton buds and cotton wool

  • Disposable nappies

  • Animal waste

  • Glass cookware, Pyrex and other ceramic house and kitchenware

  • COVID-19 testing devices and related PPE like face masks

If our recycling guide has helped, you’ll find more help and advice at Trade Corner. We have more hints and tips, including industry guidance from home improvement to landscaping.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page is intended as an overall introduction and is not intended as specific advice from a qualified professional. Travis Perkins aims to avoid, but accepts no liability, in the case that any information stated is out of date.