We should all be making an effort to recycle, especially our textiles – an estimated one billion items of clothing are sent to landfill every year, and the vast majority of them could be re-purposed and put to good use.
There are several stores that will recycle your clothes for free and some will even reward you with vouchers or loyalty points when you donate!
In Bristol Shopping Quarter, you can also recycle your shoes, your glasses, even your used light bulbs! And don’t forget you can donate good-condition items to the charity shops in Broadmead – British Heart Foundation, Shaw Trust, St Peter’s Hospice, and Tenovus
Please see below what you could do with the items you discard:
Recycle your clothes
Customers who shop in store with Blacks are now eligible to receive a 15% discount off their in-store purchases, by donating their quality unwanted clothing and footwear. Donations will be collected from Blacks and sent to one of British Heart Foundation’s 750 nationwide shops and stores (there is one in Bristol Shopping Quarter).
For further information, click HERE.
For further information, click HERE.
When you visit Marks and Spencer in Broadmead you can drop off any unwanted clothes (not just those that are from M&S), simply put them into one of their ‘Shwop Drop’ bins and tell the customer assistant at the nearest till who will reward you with Sparks points.
Primark customers can recycle any brand of pre-loved clothes, textiles, footwear and bags at its Broadmead store as part of a new recycling scheme.
Known as the Primark In-Store Recycling Scheme, collection boxes will be available in 190 stores across the UK.
All donated items will be reused, recycled or repurposed, with nothing going to landfill, and profits from the scheme will go to UNICEF to support of its education programmes for vulnerable children around the world.
TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes For Good scheme helps transform the items you no longer need into funds for life-saving research into children’s cancers. Simply donate a bag of pre-loved quality clothes, accessories or homeware to TK Maxx in Broadmead – you will find the collection bin on the ground floor.
You can donate items of clothing you no longer need (any brand and any condition) to the clothes collection point located near the doors at Zara Cabot Circus. Garments donated through this scheme are given to the British Red Cross, who sort the clothes, recycle fabrics to raise funds and sell donated items through their charity shops.
Recycle your rags
Recycle your rags (or unsellable clothes?) at the St Peter’s Hospice shop on Bond Street.
Recycle your shoes
schuh, who have a store in Cabot Circus, have joined forces with Recyclatex for the Sell your Soles campaign, encouraging customers to recycle any unwanted footwear, rewarding them with a £5 voucher to redeem on a new pair at schuh.
Recyclatex ensure approximately 98% of all donations are recycled. Not only that, but for every tonne of footwear donated, Recyclatex will donate a sum of money to schuh, which they will then pass on to their chosen sustainable charity; World Land Trust.
For further information, including T&Cs, click HERE.
Shoe Zone in Broadmead actively encourages shoppers to recycle their old shoes. Working with in partnership with BCC Children In Need, your unwanted shoes will be sent where they are needed. Simply drop them in the collection point, which you will find at the back of the shop.
For further information, click HERE.
Recycle your spectacles and contact lenses and packaging
Drop off your old glasses at the collection points on the ground floor and your used contact lenses and cases in the collection bin on the first floor at Specsavers in Merchant Street
Hand your used contact lenses in at the opticians on the first floor.
Recycle your electrical items
Currys PC World
Drop off your old electrical items at Currys PC World in Cabot Circus. Items that can be recycled include: cameras, computers, DVD/CD players, toys and games, hairdryers and electric toothbrushes, laptops, microwave, mobile phones, table lamps, toasters, kettles, vacuums, and TVs. (Due to lack of space, they will not be able to take large items such as washing machines, dryers and ovens).
Recycle your household batteries
Drop off your old batteries at Boots, which you can enter via Broadmead or The Galleries, in the bin located by the photo department on the top floor.
Not only can you recycle household batteries at Robert Dyas in The Galleries, you can also drop off all types of light bulbs and Brita water filters for recycling.
You will find a bin in store where you can drop off your batteries and Brita filters but for safety reasons the light bulbs need to be handed in at the till.
Sainsbury’s by M&S in Broadmead will accept your used batteries. Look out for the bin by the tills.
Savers, located on the first (middle) floor of The Galleries will accept your old household batteries for recycling.
Drop off your old batteries at Wilko on Union Street. The collection bin is located opposite the tills.
Recycle your mobile phone
O2 allows you to sell your old phone (from any network) through their O2 recycle scheme. You can also recycle tablets, MP3s, Kindles and wearables. All of the phones go to O2’s recycling partners to be processed in an environmentally friendly manner.
Devices can be recycled in store…
Standalone – If a customer wishes to trades in their device without doing an upgrade/new connection then the O2 team will check the phone in store, provide a provisional value and then send the phone off. The customer usually receives the money (if it has a monetary value) within 7-10 days.
Recycle credit – If a customer trades in the device at the same time as doing an upgrade/new connection, then the money can go straight onto a customer’s card, towards an upfront cost which is redeemed immediately, or both. There is also the option for it to be credited to an O2 bill.
Simply visit o2recycle.co.uk and follow the instructions.
Recycle your paper cup
Any single-use cups (from any brand) can be taken to Starbucks to be recycled.
Starbucks will also recycle your used Nespresso capsules – just pick up a bag from the cafe located opposite Debenhams and return it full with your used capsules.
Starbucks also offers free of charge their brewed coffee-grounds, which can be used as a soil enricher.
Don’t forget to use your own cup! Starbucks offers 25p off any beverage if you use your own cup (regardless of where it was purchased).
You’ll find a recycling station for your cups near the door at Pret on the corner of Broadmead and Union Street – they ask you to separate liquids, lids and cups, using the containers provided.
For Cups Sake Bins
Bristol shoppers may have noticed some new bins that have popped up across Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus.
Bristol Waste’s For Cups Sake campaign will see 100 paper cup recycling bins rolled out across the city with the aim of recycling up to four million paper cups in the first year alone.
The bins can be found along key commuter routes throughout central Bristol, allowing people to recycle their cups on the go.
Click HERE to find out more.
Recycle your plastic
Lush in Broadmead recycle plastic bottle lids (including milk bottle tops) and can also recycle any of their own packaging. Simply hand your items for recycling to any member of staff.
“We’re all for customers bringing in their own containers here at Lush. The important thing for us is that they are clean and dry so that the quality of the product going into them won’t be compromised!”
The Body Shop
Love Your Body™ Club members will receive a reward worth £5 when they return any five of The Body Shop‘s empty bottles, tubs, tubes or pots to the store in Cabot Circus. T&Cs apply; ask in store for details.
Origins at House of Fraser
Origins say recycling with them is the ultimate way to recycle your cosmetic empties as they guarantee that the empty product packaging in its entirety will be recycled. They will accept any brand’s empties at their counter in House of Fraser in Cabot Circus and when you drop them off they will give you a free sample product to say thank you for taking the time to recycle.
The materials are washed, shredded and made into plastic pellets, which are reused and turned into anything from new bottles and containers to street signs and stationery.
Since the Return to Origins campaign was launched in 2010 they have recycled over 1.2 tonnes of empties!
You will also find a bin for recycling any of your plastic bottles in Broadmead, outside Lush.
Recycle other items
Hangers – You can dispose of your clothes and coat hangers at Cabot Circus, just leave them on the rack located near the Cabot Circus info point.
Light bulbs – You can dispose of any kind of used light bulbs at Robert Dyas. For safety reasons, they need to be handed in at the till.
Brita water filters – You will find a collection point at Robert Dyas.
Nespresso capsules – Just pick up a bag from Starbucks (opposite Debenhams) and return it full with your used capsules.
Did you know?
- You can pick up Starbucks‘ brewed coffee-grounds, which can be used as a soil enricher, free of charge!
- Starbucks and Costa offers £0.25 off any beverage if you use your own cup (regardless of where it was purchased).
- You can pick up clothes and coat hangers free of charge at Cabot Circus from the rack located near the Cabot Circus info point.
We will update this page as we hear about more recycling opportunities.
In January 2020 it was announced that Bristol ranks No.1 in England for recycling among core cities for the second year running. Click HERE to find out more.
Could you repair or alter instead?
The reason some of our clothes remain unworn is because they no longer fit, need repairing, or they don’t suit our style or taste anymore. And sometimes we wear old favourites until they are literally falling apart, when a simple repair can give them a new lease of life.
To overcome this you can:
- look for shops nearby that offer repair and alteration services (see our list HERE)
- wear clothes in new combinations and use accessories to give clothing a new lease of life
- use energy efficient laundry methods