How to recycle these 5 common household items

Did you know that your empty aerosol could come back as part of you mobile phone? A plastic bottle as a piece of activewear and your shampoo bottle as a piece of outdoor furniture? Recycling glass jars can even save on electricity. Though it seems a vast majority of us are in the dark. Not sure how to dispose of these common household items? ‘Recycle Now’ are here to point you in the right direction…


Pass them on for free at places such as Freecycle and Freegle. Or sell them on websites like eBay and Gumtree High Street. Try selling your watch at a Jewellers’ especially if it’s of high quality or a popular brand. Ask family and friends – it might be just what they were looking for! Sell items locally at car boot sales or advertise them in your local paper. Find some great second-hand watches here. If you’re looking to by an uber sustainable watch for the first time, try a vegan watchmaker like VOTCH.


Mobile phones contain a range of materials including metals, plastics and several valuable components such as silver – which can be extracted and re-used. The main channels for disposing of mobiles are the shops that sell them, but there are other organisations and charities that accept them for refurbishment and recycling. Up to 80 per cent of a phone is recyclable, so don’t send it to landfill or leave it in the drawer – recycle it! Here’s how to recycle them.


It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million are recycled each day. This means there are on average 16 million plastic bottles a day not making their way into the recycling bin. Here’s how to recycle them.


Around 60% of aerosols are made from tinplated steel and approx 40% are made from aluminium. Both of these metals are recyclable. Aerosols also contain some small plastic and rubber components including the lid, valve and dip tube which are extracted in the recycling process. Ensure aerosols are completely empty before recycling. Do not pierce, crush or flatten aerosol cans. Detach any loose or easily removable parts, such as the lid, and dispose of them with the rest of your rubbish. Here’s how to recycle.


There are lots of things that fall into this category including items such as alarm clocks; CD/DVD/Cassette players and game consoles; small kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters, food mixers and blenders, microwave ovens etc. The best way to ensure your appliance has a long life is to follow the set up guidelines provided by the manufacturer after purchase. You can also register your item at registermyappliance to ensure the manufacturer can contact you if a free safety repair is ever needed. The website also contains advice on maintenance of key electrical items so that they are kept in good working order. Here’s how to recycle.

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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.

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