Recycling in the UK

Last updated:14/07/2016

Our approach

We have committed to helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint by 50% by 2020. As part of this commitment, and to stop unnecessary waste going to landfill, we offer our customers a mix of recycling options in our stores.

In-store recycle stations

We have recycle stations in 450 stores! Along with your batteries you can also recycle water filter cartridges, energy saving light bulbs, and selected ink cartridges all in one convenient location. Look out for these stations behind the tills in stores all over the UK.

Recycling electrical equipment

You can take old electrical equipment - anything from TVs and DVD players to power tools and electrical toys - back to participating civic amenity (waste) sites run by your local council. 

Tesco has joined together with other leading UK electrical retailers to provide funding to help local councils to provide these facilities. You can find your nearest one by entering your postcode at Recycle More website or by calling the Tesco customer services helpline on 0800 505 555.

Recycling your printer cartridges

Every year, thousands of printer cartridges are thrown away when they could be refilled. At Tesco, when you send us your old printer cartridges, we’ll give you up to 125 green Clubcard points for each qualifying cartridge you recycle, or you can choose to donate up to £1 to our Charity Partners. Alternatively, you can receive 50 points and donate 50p to our charity partners (Tesco will transfer all donations to our charity partners).

Simply send us your empty inkjet cartridges in a freepost envelope, which you can get online at

Recycling your batteries

Every year, around 600 million UK household batteries are sent unnecessarily to landfill. Tesco is part of the BatteryBack compliance scheme and offers battery-recycling points at all Express, Metro, Superstore, and Extra stores.

You can recycle all household batteries at our recycling points, including AAA, button and those from appliances such as mobile phones, laptops, hearing aids, watches, cameras, cordless power tools, electric toothbrushes, razors and hand-held vacuum cleaners.

Car park recycling facilities

Tesco run recycling sites at over 150 of our selected stores, providing a mix of recycling offers including Glass, Cardboard, Mixed Cans and Plastic Bottles. On an additional sites, Tesco works in partnership with local councils to offer recycling opportunities to our customers. Tesco also work in partnership with carefully selected Charity Partners to offer Textile, Shoe and Book recycling at over 600 sites.

Distributor Take Back scheme (DTB)

We are members of the DTB, financially contributing toward the provision of the electrical (WEEE) collection facilities by Local Authorities at recycling centres.