Top 5 things you thought you can’t recycle, but you can!

Most people in Greater Manchester know the recycling basics, but how well do you really know your recycling?

Here are the top 5 items that you might not know you can recycle at home. How many of The Unusual Suspects are you already recycling?

blue-plate-with-leftover-food-shutterstock1. Food leftovers

If you haven’t got a dog that can eat your food leftovers, don’t put your plate scrapings in your general waste bin! Recycle all of your food waste in your kitchen caddy and put it in your food and garden recycling bin.

Your food and garden waste is turned into Revive Compost 

Top Tip – Please don’t use plastic carrier bags in your kitchen caddy, they don’t compost

4844-deodorant2. Aerosols

All types of empty aerosols can be recycled in your mixed recycling bin. So look out for deodorant, shaving foam, air fresheners, fly spray and hair care products. All you have to do is make sure it’s empty, remove the plastic lid (and put it in your general waste bin), and put the aerosol in your mixed recycling bin….easy!

Top tip – Think about having a separate recycling bin in the bathroom to make it easier to collect your recycling.

Your aerosol cans are sorted at a Materials Recovery Facility with the rest of your mixed recycling


3. Cardboard cartons

Also known as Tetra Paks, juice, milk, soup or tomato cartons can all be recycled in your paper and cardboard bin. Just give them a rinse, take off the plastic lid (put it in your general waste bin), and recycle them with your other paper and cardboard.

4844-foil-and-foil-trays4. Foil and foil trays

This includes kitchen foil and takeaway foil trays. Once you’ve eaten your takeaway (and put any leftover food waste in your kitchen caddy), give the trays a quick rinse and put them in your mixed recycling bin along with other aluminium cans and tins.

Top Tip – Not sure if you can recycle some types of foil items? Do the scrunch test…if you can scrunch up the foil and it stays scrunched up, then you can recycle it. Try it with a crisp packet. Although they look like they are foil, we can’t recycle them because they’re mainly made of metallised plastic film and not foil. So when you scrunch them, they’ll spring open.

4844-bones5. Bones

Meat bones from chicken, fish, pork, beef and more. Although you might think that you can’t recycle them, as they wouldn’t compost in a garden compost bin, they can be recycled with all of your food and garden waste.

Top Tip – Keep your kitchen caddy somewhere handy so you can collect all your leftover food waste, raw and cooked food or anything that’s gone a bit mouldy.  Most people keep it under the sink or on the worktop.

So how many Unusual Suspects do you already recycle?

One?  Hopefully the guide has helped you to identify some of the Unusual Suspects around your home and will help you to recycle more.

More than 3? You’re well on the way to being a Top Class recycler!

All of them? Well done, you’re an expert recycler…. share this blog to encourage people to recycle more of The Unusual Suspects.

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