What can I bring back to the Recycle at Boots scheme?

Recycle & get rewarded!

You could earn up to 500 Boots Advantage Card points if you bring in your hard-to-recycle empties, which you can find out more about below

What can and can't I recycle at home?

You can recycle some of your empties in your own recycling bin, but the Recycle at Boots scheme will take care of the empties that you can't recycle at home.

The scheme is aimed at hard-to-recycle beauty, healthcare and wellness products that cannot be put in the council home recycling. Usually this is because they are:

  • Too small (travel minis, samples, mascaras, etc)

  • Made of composite materials (make-up palettes, compacts, lipsticks, etc)

  • Made from non-recyclable materials (toothpaste tubes, lotion pumps, etc)

We will accept most hard-to-recycle products sold in Boots stores in the recycling box, but we encourage customers to consider if an item they would like to bring back can be recycled in their local areas (such as any glass and aluminium packaging) and only use the scheme for those that cannot.

You can click here to find out which products are easily recycled at home and keep the Recycle at Boots scheme just for hard-to-recycle items.

Some examples of empties you can recycle at home include (but are not limited to):

Beard Hair & Body Wash; Beard Shampoo & Conditioner; Body Wash; Conditioner; Conditioner Bar; Hair & Body Wash; Head to Toe Wash; Shampoo; Shampoo & Conditioner; Shampoo & Conditioner Soap; Shampoo Bar; Shave Soap; Shower Gel; Shower Oil; Soap Box

Only items listed in the drop-down list in the Scan2Recycle system will be eligible for a reward,  except for those explicitly excluded which will show a warning on the packaging.


Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Water bottles & plastic trays 

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Milk cartons & shampoo bottles 

Polypropylene (PP)

Margarine tubs & ready-meal trays