Do wash dirty packaging. Contaminated packaging does not get recycled so it is better to bin an item that you can not clean.

Do leave lids on. Milk and drinks bottle lids can now be recycled in many parts of the UK. If in any doubt check your local council’s website or

Do flat pack – Do flatten boxes and remove plastic windows from envelopes. Do not worry about staples but please remove sticky tape.


Avoid black plastic trays as recycling plant sensors won’t recognise them.

Don’t include clean or used paper towels, tissues or napkins as these can not be recycled. It is better to composite them.


If in any doubt please check your local council’s website for more information.