- Make sure you recycle everything that can be:
- In the local council schemes; check your local council for details of what they accept Worcestershire County Council; Wychavon A to Z recycling guide
- At the local waste management centres e.g. metals, computers, aluminium foil (if you can scrunch it up, clean it and recycle)
- At other schemes set up for individual items not recycled by local authorities (see list below)
- Try to make sure you don't contaminate your recycling as that can reduce the value of a whole lorry full. Follow the link to find out more
Recycling specific items
- At local supermarkets e.g. some types of plastic bags, bread and magazine wrappers.
- At specialist sites e.g. those run by Terracycle (check website for local drop-off points) including:
- baby food pouches and Ella's kitchen snack wrappers - Terracycle collection point in Boston Tea Party, Worcester
- bread and some magazine wrappers - drop off at supermarket plastic bag recycling point
- contact lens pots and pods - some specsavers stores can recycle specialist elements via Terracycle.
- crisp and other snack packets - check on Terracycle for information on pick up points. Westlands First School is a local collection point, also Worcester Guildhall and Pack It In, Zero Waste Living in Worcester. The Walkers crisp packet recycling is run by Terracycle.
- electrical items and electronics including computers, toasters, floor cleaners to TVs - at Curry's whether bought from them or someone else. This includes all those wires and plugs we have in the cupboard - although you can recycle these at the local waste management centres too.
- glasses - local opticians accept old glasses for recycling and reuse
- inhalers e.g. for asthma - by GSK via selected pharmacies (note although they take the whole inhaler, only the aluminium is recycled)
- mascara wands - wash and send in ziplock bag to the Linjoy Wildlife Sanctuary and Rescue - Midlands in Burton on Trent also on Facebook
- plant pots that are not black in colour, can now be put in your green bin and sent for recycling. Black pots - recycle at local garden centres including Webbs
- toothpaste and brushes - Peter Davis dental practice, Corbett Avenue, Droitwich - look on Terracycle web for details.
Bromsgrove and Droitwich Makerspace is a place for people to get together to share skills, learn crafts and repair things. The groups hosts a regular repair shop where you can take small electrical items.
Other repair cafes in Worcestershire are listed on Worcestershire's website.
Learn some basic sewing and repair skills.