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How to save money by recycling at these high street shops


Good for the planet, good for your wallet. (Picture: Getty / Metro.co.uk)

We all need to be doing our part to help the environment, and so Metro.co.uk‘s Just1Change campaign is highlighting all the small changes you can make to protect the planet.

An easy way to help is by handing in selected recyclable items to some of your favourite high street stores.

More and more big-name shops such as H&M, Apple, and Boots are encouraging customers to recycle with monetary incentives and freebies.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best recycling saver schemes on the high street.

Save money by recycling at these high street shops

Handing in recyclable items to these stores not only helps you to save the planet, but also your wallet.

So, it’s a win-win, right? Right.

Lush

Recycling? That’s so Lush. Michael McNerney/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

Lush gives you a free face mask for returning plastic packaging for recycling.

All you have to do is bring five empty Lush containers back to its stores (in one go!).

Lush then send your old pots to their supplier to regrind and remold them into a whole new batch of pots.

You can now also return any Lush plastic packaging, like bottles and makeup packaging, and receive 50p off your next purchase for each item handed in.

Find your nearest Lush shop by using the Lush postcode checker.

Boots

These Boots were made for recycling (Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Return old makeup and empty toiletries to Boots and you’ll get 500 free Advantage card points, worth £5.

Normally, you would have to spend at least £125 to earn 500 Advantage card points as the loyalty scheme offers four points for every £1 spent.

You just need to use your smartphone camera to take a picture of each of the items on the Boots Scan 2Recycle website – you’ll need to create a free account and add your Advantage card number.

Drop off the empties in-store and scan the QR code at the recycling points near No7 beauty counters.

You’ll then be sent a barcode to redeem the points at a No7 till point – you need to collect the points on the same day.

You can return as many empties as you want, though no more than five each day.

H&M

Fancy a fiver off your next H&M purchase? (Picture: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty)

If you’ve any textiles items, such as socks with holes or broken bras, which are unsuitable to sell or give to charity, stick them in a carrier bag and head to your nearest H&M.

It can be any fabric – not just H&M clothing.

Employees will then exchange your bag for £5 off a £25 spend.

H&M members will also receive 20 points for every bag of textiles that they recycle.

For every 100 points you collect, you unlock a £3 Bonus Voucher, so for every five items returned (earning 20 points for each), you get £3 vouchers in addition to the £5 one.

Find your nearest H&M shop using their store locator tool, or sign up for a free H&M membership to start collecting points today.

MAC

Return back to MAC (Picture: Chukrut Budrul/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

Return six empty MAC packaging containers (like tubs and lipstick tubes) to a MAC counter or send in the post to MAC to get a free lipstick of your choice.

Do note that the scheme excludes Viva Glam Lipsticks and Limited Edition Lipsticks.

Find your nearest MAC store using their postcode checker.

Levi’s

Go green by handing in your blue jeans (Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Every Levi’s store and Outlet has a recycling box where you can drop off denim from any brand.

You can save 10% off a single item when you bring denim in for recycling.

Recycled jeans can take on many new functions, but denim recycled by Levi’s will be used as materials for building insulation, a portion of which will go towards community-oriented projects, such as libraries, hospitals, and schools.

Find your nearest Levi’s shop using their store locator tool.

John Lewis

You can get up to £19 off from John Lewis (Picture: Ker Robertson/Getty)

If you return five beauty empties to a John Lewis counter, then – as part of the chain’s BeautyCycle scheme – you’ll get £5 off your next John Lewis beauty purchase.

You can return most empty make-up or skincare products including beauty jars, tubes, bottles, and make-up products from any brand.

They must be full-sized, not samples, and you’ll need to be a John Lewis member to claim the reward.

You can also get £9 off by recycling clothes through the John Lewis BuyBack scheme.

Return up to three items of John Lewis clothes, or brands sold there, and you’ll get £3 per item in credit to spend in-store that same day.

Find your nearest John Lewis store using their store locator, or sign up for a John Lewis membership card here.

The Perfume Shop

Being eco-friendly has never smelled this good (Picture: In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty)

At The Perfume Shop, you can get 10% off your next purchase by returning an empty bottle of fragrance.

So if you returned a bottle for recycling and bought a 50ml bottle of Marc Jacobs perfume which cost £60, you would save £6.

You can do this at any store and you’ll get a voucher to use in-store or online.

Find your nearest Perfume Shop store using the Perfume Shop postcode checker.

Schuh

Step into sustainability (Picture: Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

Schuh offers a Sell Your Soles scheme that will give you a £5 saving.

Customers just need to bring a pair of unwanted shoes of any brand (they don’t need to have been purchased at Schuh) into a store where they’ll be given a £5 off Schuh voucher. 

You can then redeem the voucher online or in-store.

Find your nearest Schuh store using their postcode checker.

M&S

M&S have teamed up with Oxfam (Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty)

Marks and Spencer has teamed up with Oxfam to give shoppers a £5 M&S voucher when they hand in old clothes.

Your donation must include at least one M&S garment and the voucher can only be used on clothing, homeware, and beauty products worth £35 or more.

M&S also gives members who dump their unwanted clothes into its ‘shwop bins’ 50 Sparks points as part of the shop’s loyalty scheme.

The clothes will then be either sold in Oxfam charity shops, send to people who need clothes all over the world, or recycled to make more materials.

Find your nearest M&S store here, or sign up for free membership here.

Uniqlo

Recycle your Uniqlo coats (Picture: Wang Jianfeng / Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty)

Return old Uniqlo down coats to one of their stores and you’ll get £10 off when buying your next one as part of its RE.Uniqlo recycling scheme.

You’ll get a money-off voucher which can be used in-store or online.

Find your nearest Uniqlo store here.

Monsoon

You can save a tenner at Monsoon (Picture: Andrew Michael/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty)

If you have any old Monsoon clothes that you no longer want you can use Monsoon’s clothes for life scheme.

Just take back items and you can get £10 off your next purchase when you spend £50.

Find your nearest Monsoon store here.

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Major phone shops

Fancy a discount on your next upgrade? (Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty)

If you have a spare iPhone lying around, then Apple can take that off your hands as part of their trade-in scheme – no matter the model or condition.

In return for handing in an eligible device, you can receive either credit towards your next purchase, or get an Apple Store Gift Card.

Other stores with similar trade-in schemes include Carphone Warehouse, Vodafone, Samsung, Virgin Media, EE, and O2.

It’s worth taking a look at all the schemes to find out which store will give you the most credit for your old phone.


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