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Meet Mia! She's in the bathroom helping her family recycle common household items.

Posted on 3 September 2019

It can be easy to miss items that could be recycled in the bathroom. You might not have a separate recycling bin like in the kitchen and most items need a little attention before they can be recycled (as Mia found out with her mum’s cosmetics).

Watch the first video below in the Mia recycles series. 


Here’s a list of some bathroom items that might get missed:

You CAN recycle

  • Cardboard (toothpaste box, toilet roll tube) – flatten the cardboard before recycling so that they take up less space in your recycling bin
  • Plastic bottles (shampoo, shower gel, cleaning products) – remove any small plastic lids and throw these away with in your normal waste, rinse out any remaining product from the bottle before recycling
  • Trigger spray bottles (shower shine and lime scale removers) – if you can, remove the spray mechanism and dispose of this with your normal waste before recycling the bottle. If you are not able to remove the trigger spray mechanism, please pop the whole bottle in your recycling bin. Remember to make sure that all bottles are empty and contain no liquid

You CANNOT recycle

  • Wipes – these cannot be recycled and should not be flushed down the toilet
  • Plastic bottle tops – anything smaller than a jam jar lid cannot be recycled and should be placed in your general waste bin