Many of our brand partners can help you recycle, helping you to responsibly replace your unwanted items with new ones.
This doesn't include just fashion retailers you can also learn more about recycling food, drink and beauty products too.
Place your old clothes (they don't have to be from M&S) in one of our Shwop boxes and you will be helping to reduce poverty. Your Shwopped items are resold, reused or recycled and allow Oxfam to fund all sorts of vital projects around the world.
Incredibly, since 2008 the M&S and Oxfam Shwopping partnership has collected over 20 million items, worth an estimated £16 million for Oxfam’s work.
So next time you’re clearing a space in your wardrobe, drop any unwanted clothes into your bag and drop them off in a Shwop box at M&S. It's so easy. Shwopping. Ordinary clothes made extraordinary.
You can donate your pre-loved clothes in store, TM Maxx's 'Give up clothes for good' initiative helps transform the items you no longer need into funds for life-saving research into children's and young people's cancer. Simply donate a bag of pre-loved quality clothes, accessories or homeware in the special red bin at the entrance of the store.
Regatta avoid sending their returned stock and samples and any pieces of surplus product to landfill by donating 90% to charity.
The Body Shop
Next time you visit The Body Shop you can return their empty plastic bottles, tubs, tubes and pots. Speak to a member of staff first so they can tell you about their recycling scheme, what you can recycle and where to return your empties. Love Your Body™ Club members will receive a reward worth £5 when returning any 5 of their empty bottles, tubs, tubes or pots.* T&C apply.
Burger King’s cups, paper bags and plastic spoons are all recyclable.
As Mitchells & Butlers is the largest on-trade caterer in the country, serving around 130 million meals a year to our guests, it's not surprising that we end up with a certain amount of waste from all that cooking and eating. But we have made a great deal of progress in the last few years in collecting and recycling this waste, turning it into something that is useful. Recycling or converting our waste into a source of renewable energy is helping hugely to reduce the environmental impact of our businesses.
We are doing this in two ways:
Cooking Oil - The used cooking oil is collected from all our restaurants and pubs and is then refined to take out impurities and excess moisture. This refining process stops the waste oil - and money - from literally going down the drain, as it is converted into an effective and efficient substitute for fossil fuels. In this refined form, it is suitable for a range of uses in biodiesels, biofuels and biolubricants.
Food Waste - Working with a national food waste collection service, we also now collect the food waste from all our businesses which, in turn, is used to generate electricity. The food waste goes into regional anaerobic digestion facilities and the resulting methane gas is converted to electricity, sold on the National Grid. The digestate, or compost, that is left can also be used in fertiliser. Around 42,000 tonnes of food waste was collected from our restaurants and pubs in the last year and recycling it into electricity and fertiliser has saved around 6,786 tonnes of carbon.
You'll have noticed the recycling bins in our restaurants. With your help we can recycle drinks cups and coffee cups as well as plastic items like cutlery. All the remaining waste goes to 'energy from waste' facilities where it is converted to electricity. In our kitchens, we collect up used cardboard and plastics for recycling, and we reuse all the delivery crates and trays we use for our buns and muffins. In addition we convert all our used cooking oil into biodiesel to run our delivery fleet, and we send coffee grounds and food waste for composting
Costa Coffee & Caffe Nero
As the UK’s largest coffee shop brand, we’re continuously working to drive change in the industry to ensure that more takeaway cups are disposed of and recycled, both inside and outside of our stores.
In 2016, we became the first coffee chain to turn our own stores into recycling points. By doing so, we encouraged customers to recycle any disposable takeaway cup via one of our 2,600+ stores up and down the country. And we’re not precious about the brand of disposable cup you bring to us either. Even if it’s not a Costa Coffee branded cup, we’ll take care of it and ensure it's recycled.
Not satisfied with stopping there, just two years later, we made a bold and ambitious commitment – to become the first coffee chain in the UK to recycle as many takeaway cups as we sell by 2020.
Free Books Hatfield
Free Books Hatfield was established in June 2016 as an independent local charity run entirely by volunteers with the aim of saving unwanted books from landfill and promoting literacy in the local community. We offer each customer 3 free books per day. We also accept donations of unwanted books for re-homing.
We recycle all our chipped, broken and old products which are melted down and used to make new products.