Any kind of glass can be recycled as long as it is clean and sorted into colour types. Your local recycling authority probably collects and many supermarkets have bottle banks.
Not all plastics are the same! They should be marked with a symbol and a number to tell us what to do with them as not all plastics can be easily recycled. The different types should never be mixed up so check out the numbers on the plastic and act accordingly.
PET - Polyethylene terephthalate - used to make fizzy drink bottles and oven-ready meal trays.
HDPE - High-density polyethylene - Bottles for milk and washing-up liquids.
PVC Polyvinyl chloride - Food trays, cling film, bottles for squash, mineral water and shampoo.
LDPE - Low density polyethylene - Carrier bags and bin liners. Also used to make sanitary pads, panty liners and disposable diapers
PP - Polypropylene - Margarine tubs, microwaveable meal trays, the material that sits next to the skin used in sanitary pads, panty liners and baby diapers.
PS Polystyrene - Yoghurt pots, foam meat or fish trays, hamburger boxes and egg cartons, vending cups, plastic cutlery, protective packaging for electronic goods and toys.
OTHER - Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories. - An example is melamine, which is often used in plastic plates and cups.
There are two main kinds of recyclable metal – aluminium and steel.
If in doubt, get your magnet out!
Drink cans are usually aluminium (not magnetic) and food cans are usually steel (magnetic). Wash out tins and cans and put them in the correct metal recycling unit and don't forget things like baking foil and foil bottle tops count too!
Old and unwanted clothes can be recycled; you just need to find out for yourself because practises vary a lot around the world. You could also donate unwanted clothes that are still wearable to charity shops or swap them.
Batteries contain dangerous and toxic chemicals and need specialist handling so find out what's going on
where you are with regards to recycling them.
Your personal computer contains up to 2 kilograms (4½ lbs) of hazardous lead!
Printer cartridges contain lots of rigid plastic and are also quite expensive to replace, so getting them refilled instead of throwing them away saves money as well as reducing landfill waste.
Charities often collect things like mobile phones and printer cartridges for recycling, helping them to raise money for good causes.
Lastly, don't forget you can compost your plant waste and use the resulting mixture to grow food and plants for wildlife. Sometimes you can donate food waste to a local pig farm, or sell/donate compost to a local garden centre, so get creative.
Good luck recycling. You can take pleasure in the fact that you're doing the world a lot of good by slowing the flow of garbage and waste.