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How to recycle your milk and soft drink bottle lids

Single-use plastic bottle lids are too small for recycling sorting machines to cope with, which is why they cannot be recycled in your kerbside bins. As a result, they end up in landfill and our oceans.

August 13, 2020

In fact, plastic bottle tops are now among the most common waste items found in our oceans (which also end up in the food chain when ingested by sea life).


The not-for-profit Lids4Kids project was founded in 2019 and is a nationwide 100% volunteer project. The aim is to rescue plastic bottle lids from landfill to benefit the environment, and to partner with new and existing plastic recycling workshops to make products which will benefit kids.

Please make sure that all lids are clean, with any inserts removed. There should be no lids over 5cm.

They accept lids from:

  • Milk bottles
  • Soft drink bottles
  • UHT milk cartons
  • Water bottles

The Lids4Kids team are always looking for volunteers to be local collection co-ordinators and businesses (cafes etc.) to be a collection point for public donations of clean plastic bottle lids.

Visit Lids4Kids on Facebook to find your nearest collection point

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