Whether you're moving house, having a clear out or just want to decrease your carbon footprint, there's loads of unexpected items that are super easy to recycle.
Take another cursory glance at your stuff. We'd bet that there's more life left in them yet.
Single-use coffee pods
Undoubtedly, coffee is a life force of so many of us, and those dinky little pods can now continue their life after they satisfy your caffeine craving. Earlier this year, coffee kings Nespresso launched a six-month pilot trial for recycling pods in London's Kensington and Chelsea borough through the local council's recycling service. Those living in other parts of the UK can also recycle their Nespresso pods by filling a recycling bag and dropping it at one of 6000 CollectPlus locations. Not all brands have as extensive a scheme - and it is also possible to reuse them, by cleaning them out and filling with new ground coffee beans. Magic.
Turns out there is more than one good thing that comes out of a bottle of wine. Since 2011, wine merchant Laithwaites and the Savoy Hotel have been working together to ensure that their wine corks don't go to waste. Some are shredded into a garden "mulch" to keep moisture in and weeds out, and spread on the Laithwaites' vineyard, while others are donated to a local SEN school for arts and crafts projects.
CDs and DVDs
Remember those old things? Before Spotify and Netflix ruined the physical existence of music and film? Well instead of hoarding them in your mum and dad's loft or chucking them out, in selected parts of the UK you can recycle them. Some councils have a special blue wheelie bin for them at the local Household Waste Recycling Site, or there are organisations such as Green Ant who will collect them for you.
Don't let your two-wheeled friend rust away in your garage, storage unit or the back alley down the side of your flat. Rehome it at one of many centres across the UK, or if it's beyond reasonable repair, take it to your nearest recycling centre after removing any rubber or plastic parts. To find your nearest bicycle recycling centre, search here.
Or, you can donate a bike to Re~Cycle Org, an initiative that transports bicycles to various organisations in Africa, so that they are available for vital everyday usage. Find your nearest drop-off location here.
Glasses and sunglasses
Recycle any old specs at your local Marie Curie charity shop, where they will be sent to people who need them in Africa, India and Eastern Europe.
There's only so many wears you can get out of a pair of 15 deniers, so once they're a bit worse for wear, you can reincarnate them into one of the following: soft cloths, strainers, protective sheets for plants or even a flexible sling.
There's a better retirement for your old strapless number than the back of your drawer. Bras Not Bombs will take your lightly used or brand new bras and donate them to refugee women. They're currently dispatching to Greek islands Lesvos and Chios.
This one is really easy. Keys count as scrap metal, so all you have to do is drop them off at your local recycling centre. Just be sure to take your prized key rings off before you do, or forever regret losing that photo of Ibiza 2007.
Drop off any empty make-up pots or cosmetics packaging at your nearest Origins store. They'll use the materials to create new containers, and any parts that cannot be recycled will be converted to steam or electricity. There's also sometimes a treat in it for your efforts: with Mac's Back To Mac service you can swap six empty MAC cosmetics containers for a new tube of lipstick.
If you're unsure about the recyclability of an item that is not on this list, just check out Recycle Now and their exhaustive list.