Top 5 things you should put in your recycling bin

Putting the right items in your recycling bin reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and means they can be recycled into new products.

Get to know your recycling and put the following items in your recycling bin, because what you do makes a big difference.

 1. Paper and cardboard

You probably know that clean paper and cardboard can go in your recycling bin, but what about pizza boxes? As long you remove food scraps before you put it in the recycling bin, it can be recycled. A little grease and baked on cheese in the pizza box is ok too.

2. Hard plastic containers

Things like yoghurt and margarine containers have long been put in kerbside recycling. Berry and vegetable punnets on the other hand, can still be a bit confusing. They might be soft enough to scrunch so they should be a soft plastic, right?

Nope. They return to their original shape after being scrunched so you should put them in your recycling bin.

3. Cans and aerosols

Aluminium is the most recyclable of all materials, so once that deodorant can or olive oil spray is completely empty, go ahead and put it in your recycling bin.

4. Household plastic bottles

They might have held cleaning chemicals and don’t seem suitable for recycling in your kerbside bin, but household plastic bottles such as cleaning products and shampoo and conditioner can definitely go into your recycling bin.

5. Glass bottles and jars

Recycling one glass bottle can save enough energy to power a television set for one and a half hours, so make sure they make it into your recycling bin when they’re empty. But be careful as not all glass can go in your kerbside recycling – for example, Pyrex glass and other ovenware can’t be recycled in this way.