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28 August 2019 - TOR2 are currently running behind on some of their recycling collection rounds. Please read the latest update on the situation.

Most of us have mastered the art of sorting and recycling our household waste. But what about those annoying items that can't be collected and recycled by us? From crisp packets to contact lenses, there are (literally) tonnes of items we still throw in the rubbish bin.

A company called Terracycle partners with big brands to offer a free way to recycle lots of different items that currently can't be recycled via your recycling container in Torbay. For example, it's joined forces with Colgate to recycle toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes or electric toothbrush heads, and with Ella's Kitchen to recycle baby food pouches.

You can either drop items off at a location near you or in some cases simply post them off for free.

How does Terracycle work?

To see what the options are for recycling any given item, simply select the correct category from its list.

For most items, you'll need to find a drop-off location near you - there are hundreds across the UK, including schools, churches, post offices, community centres and newsagents. To find your nearest, click on the map to see locations accepting those items. It will also show you the opening times.

When you click through to the site you'll notice that most of the categories of things you can recycle are sponsored by companies, such as Acuvue and Febreze. But don't let that put you off - most categories will let you recycle products from other brands too.

What 'unrecyclable' products can I recycle for free?

Currently you can recycle any brand in the following categories:

There are also some categories which only accept specific brands: