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Know your plastics: What does (and doesn't) belong in recycling

Do you know your squeezy toothpaste from your yoghurt pots? It's not always easy figuring out what belongs in the recycling bin. Should you rinse food, remove labels and separate cardboard and paper?

While recycling varies from borough to borough in London here's what generally belongs in each bin.

Generally recyclable

  • Clear and coloured plastic bottles
  • Soap bottles - remove pumps and stick them in the rubbish bin
  • Spray cleaners - leave the triggers in
  • Bleach bottles
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Pots for yoghurt, soup, dips and so on
  • Tubs for things like cheese spread and ice cream
  • Trays for fruit, veg, meat, sweet treats

Generally not recyclable

  • Plastic bottles containing chemicals (e.g. anti-freeze). This is because strong chemicals can harm staff in recycling plants, as well as damage equipment
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • Film lids from pots and trays
  • Laminated pouches, such as for cat food and coffee
  • Plastic toys
  • Medicine blister packs
  • Squeezy toothpaste tubes
  • Polystyrene

You should also rinse packaging to remove leftover food, leave labels on but remove plastic film and separate cardboard and paper from plastic packaging and put in the recycling separately.

Source: London Recycles