Whether it’s taking your glass to the bottle bank, putting your paper in the green bin or avoiding using plastic, recycling is something we’re all getting slightly better at.
With the large-scale plastic campaigns, using recyclable products and avoiding those that will end up in landfill is now becoming much more common.
There are also bonuses to take advantage of when recycling and several large high street chains offer discounts and freebies as a reward.
A number of high street brands are trying to encourage people to recycle more
When it emerged earlier this year that the plastic coffee cups we had all been using and throwing away for years were not recyclable, several large chains promised to take action.
Now, most of the major coffee chains will give you a discount off a hot drink if you bring in a recyclable cup instead of using a throwaway one.
There’s also free water available in the majority of them so you don’t need to buy another plastic water bottle.
It’s not just plastic either, the value of unused clothing in wardrobes has been estimated at around £30 billion and it’s estimated that £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year, according to recycling charity Wrap.
To try and combat this several clothes shops will offer you a discount on future purchases or a gift voucher if you return clothes to their shops.
Here we’ve rounded up the all the major schemes available, if you know of any more please tell us in the comments section below.
If you trade in an eligible Apple device, you will be given a voucher which can be redeemed against another purchase.
Prices vary depending on the model, age, and condition but on average for a smart phone it’s up to £355, a tablet up to £365, a computer up to £735 and a watch up to £140.
If it’s not eligible for the scheme, Apple will still recycle it free of charge.
At Starbucks you’ll get 25p off every hot drink you buy if you bring a recyclable cup
At Costa you’ll get 25p off the price of every hot drink you buy if you bring along a reusable cup.
For every takeaway cup sold, it also aims to ensure at least one is recycled and by 2020 aims to recycle up to 500 million per year.
At H&M you can donate any unused clothes no matter what shop they are from or what condition they are in. For each bag you donate you’ll be given a £5 voucher to be used against a shop of at least £25.
The initiative was launched in 2013 and it says more than 55,000 tonnes of garments have been collected, which have been made into new items.
Anything that can’t be reused is donated to the social and recycling project; The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel which works to develop technologies to recycle clothes.
At Zara clothes donated are either given to someone in need or upcycled into new products.
Luxury beauty brand Kiehl’s has a recycling scheme whereby if you return 10 of its bottles to a shop for recycling, you’ll be able to exchange them for one free travel-sized product.
Since February 2016, if you return any brand of clean, dry clothes or shoes to a Levi branch, you’ll be given 10 per cent off your next purchase.
The beauty brand Lush uses small black pots for its products and these can be recycled in branches.
To reward you for doing so, if you take back 10 black pots back to Lush you’ll be given a free fresh face mask.
To reward you for recycling 10 black pots at Lush, you’ll be given a free fresh face mask
Make up brand Mac has a recycling scheme set up for those bringing back empty packaging to its branches.
If you return six packaging containers to a Mac branch, you’ll be given a free lipstick of your choice.
If you return a bag of clothes or soft furnishings to an Oxfam branch, you’ll be given a £5 voucher to spend in an M&S shop, when you spend at least £35.
The bag you donate doesn’t have to be all M&S clothes but at least one item will need to be from the shop.
Donations at TK Maxx are then sold by Cancer Research in their charity shops
The Microsoft recycling scheme works in a similar way to Apple’s. If you return your Microsoft product to any of its stores, and it says it still has value, it will give you a voucher to use for a future purchase.
If not, it will recycle it for free.
At Pret you’ll get a 50p discount on any hot drinks you buy if you bring a recyclable cup.
The reason the majority of coffee cups aren’t recyclable is the inner layer which is made from polyethylene. This can’t be recycled and is used by most chains to stop the liquid escaping.
Return 10 used containers to a Kiehl’s branch and you’ll be given a free travel product
At Starbucks you’ll get 25p off every drink if you bring a recyclable cup.
It also trialled a three-month scheme earlier this year whereby they added 5p onto the cost of a drink for all those using a paper cup.
While you won’t get a discount, if you donate clothes you no longer need to a TK Maxx store, these will then go to Cancer Research UK.
Any good quality clothing, accessories and homeware can be donated and these are then sold by Cancer Research in their charity shops. Any which can’t be sold are recycling into new items.
You can drop off your unwanted goods at any TK Maxx store.
At Zara you won’t be able to get a discount but it does have a recycling scheme.
This is only available at certain branches (which are listed on the website), and the clothes donated are either donated to someone in need or upcycled into new items.