5 things you probably didn’t know you can recycle

Knowing what can and can’t be recycled can seem a little confusing at times so it’s no surprise that many common household items often end up in with the general waste. Here’s a list of surprising items that can be recycled.

Toilet roll tubes

Toilet roll tubes
Toilet rolls can be recycled with cardboard and paper

Aluminium Foil

Aluminium foil can be recycled with drinks cans – just make sure it’s not got food on it.

Aerosol can


Empty aerosol cans can be recycled, don’t squash or piece them. Just remove the lid and toss in the brown bin.



Whether you’ve got a bike that’s been outgrown or you’re looking for an updated model, take your bicycle to Respoke, Gascoigne Cycle Centre, where you can hand it in to be recycled and buy yourself a new set of wheels for a reduced price.

Tumble dryers


Tumble dryers can be recycled – and we’ve heard companies like Currys PC World will recycle your electrical  for free, just make sure you call ahead first to check.



Charities such as Vision Aid will happily take old reading glasses off your hands and recycle them. The best bit? Any money raised doing so will go to a great cause.

Do you know of any other surprising items that can be recycled? Tell us and your fellow residents on Facebook and Twitter #SlimYourBin