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:
- Baby food pouches
- Biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers
- Cigarette waste (including extinguished cigarettes, rolling paper and ash)
- Cleaning product packaging (including plastic bottle caps and air fresheners)
- Contact lenses (including soft lenses and plastic/foil from blister packs)
- Crisp packets
- Oral care (including toothbrush packaging, toothpaste tubes and electric toothbrush heads)
- Personal care packaging (including packaging for face wipes and roll-on deodorants)
- Pet food pouches/bags
- Writing instruments (including pens, highlighters and correction-fluid pots)
There are also some categories which only accept specific brands:
- Christmas refuse and recycling
- Where is the tip (recycling centre)?
- When is my bin collected?
- What to do with garden waste
- What can I do with bulky waste?
- What goes in my bin?
- My bin hasn't been collected
- Get a clinical or sharps waste collection
- Where are the recycling banks?
- Get a new/replacement bin
- Flats and communal collections
- Recycle electrical items
- Get an assisted collection
- How can I reduce my waste?
- Commercial waste collections
- Recycling card and paper
- Recycling Metal
- Recycling Glass
- Litter and litter bins
- Where does my recycling go?