Recycle Week: Six easy ways to be greener AND save money

Incl get paid to recycle, coffee discounts & more

In case you hadn't realised, it's currently Recycle Week (23-29 Sep) - an annual initiative by sustainability charity WRAP - but as recycling is for life, not just one week of the year I've pulled together some of MSE's green MoneySaving tips to help you get involved and even save some cash...

You might not make a pretty penny with these six tips (well, apart from getting paid to recycle!), but you could save a pretty penny as well as help the environment, so why not join in with #RecycleWeek and try some of the following:

  • Switch to a reusable cup for cheaper coffee, eg, 30p off at Starbucks. Ok, this isn't recycling but a good mantra is ‘Refuse, Reduce, Reuse then Recycle’ - so refuse a disposable cup in Starbucks to reduce waste and reuse your own cup to save 30p every time.  See my blog Pay £1, get up to 50p off most Costa, Pret & Starbucks drinks for where else you can get discounts.
  • Get paid to recycle, eg, £1.50 per printer cartridge. From printer cartridges, cans, and plastic shopping bags, there are a few things in your house you could be paid to recycle. Check my blog Get paid to recycle to see what else you might be able to recycle this week.
  • Use less plastic AND save cash, eg, where to refill your water bottle free. MSE Kelvin has helpfully put together some top tips, including suggestions on what to buy in bulk and how to reuse before you recycle. See his blog Use less plastic and save cash if you're interested.
  • Swap any old textiles for a £5 off H&M voucher. Socks with too many holes, or any other fabric unsuitable to sell or give to charity? Take a carrier bag full to H&M to exchange for a voucher that’ll give you £5 off a £25 spend. 
  • Organise a ‘clothes swap’ with colleagues (like I did). If you've old clothes in good condition, it might be worth organising a clothes swap instead of trading in at H&M. See my blog on MSE's first ever Eco-MoneySaving charity clothes swap for what we did and how to set up your own.
  • Recycle the 'unrecyclable', eg, contact lenses to crisp packets. This one won't save you money, but depending on your location it could raise some money for charity. See MSE Sarah's blog Free way to recycle the 'unrecyclable' to see what you could recycle that can't go in your home recycling bin.

Do you recycle as much as you can? Do you run a charity recycling point? Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter.