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From Thursday 24th September 2020, Boots will be trialing a new recycling scheme where you will be rewarded with Advantage Points in exchange for empty beauty products from ANY brand.
Sounds good right? Well as with any of these kinds of systems, there are terms and conditions.
And as it is currently being run as a trial, who knows how long it’ll be around for.
But here’s everything you need to know to do your bit for the environment and earn rewards in the process!
What is the Boots Recycling Scheme?
Boots are trialing a recycling scheme where customers can bring in a minimum of 5 empty products – regardless of brand or where they were originally purchased from, and recycle them instore in exchange for advantage card points.
These products can be beauty, health, wellness or dental products which cannot be recycled at home – so you need to check with your local council as to what they accept in their kerbside recycling service. Any packaging they don’t recycle? Take it along to Boots.
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How do I sign up?
Head to boots.scan2recycle.com and register your details along with your mobile number.
You’ll be sent a confirmation code which you can then use to log in.
You need to also ensure you’re signed up for an Advantage Card (if you aren’t already).
How does it work?
Take your items to a participating store and find the recycling point.
- Go to boots.scan2recycle.com and log in
- Click ‘Scan a product’
- Take a photo of your empty packaging
- Search the brand name in the list
- Search the product type
- Add it to your bank
- Repeat for all items
- Click Deposit
- Scan the QR code on the recycling box and deposit your items to get your reward points
The points will be issued as a barcode and sent to the email address you registered with.
You will then need to go to a No 7 till point with your Advantage card and barcode to register your points to your Advantage account.
You have to redeem your points on the day they were issued and you will be rewarded for recycling 5 items in a 24 hour period.
Obviously if you want to recycle more – you can, you just won’t receive any additional points on that same day.
What can I recycle?
The scheme is aimed at hard to recycle plastics so you should check your local recycling information as Boots will only accept packaging that can’t be recycled from your household collection.
After sun cream; after sun lotion; after sun moisturiser; after sun pump dispenser; aftershave lotion; anti-perspirant cream; anti-perspirant roll on; anti-perspirant stick; bath & body samples or mini; BB cream; blusher; body butter; body moisturiser; body oil; body scrub; bronzer; brow palette; brow pencil; brush cleansers; brushes; bubble bath; bubble oil; bubble salts; CC cream; chest cream; cleanser; combs; concealer; conditioner; contact lens case; contact lens solution; contouring; corrector; dental care samples or minis; denture care; deodorant cream; deodorant roll on; deodorant stick; exfoliator; eye cream; eye liner; eye palettes; eye shadow; face cream; face palettes; face sun protection lotion; face sun protection pump dispenser; face sun protection stick; face wash; fake tan drops; fake tan lotion; fake tan moisturiser; fake tan pump dispenser; feminine cream; feminine lotion; feminine shave balm; feminine wash; flossing product; foot cream; foot lotion; foundation; haircare minis; hair cream; hair gel; hair jelly; hair mousse pump; hair paste; hair putty; hair serum; hair spray pump; hair treatments; hair wax; haircare samples; hand cream; hand lotion; hand sanitiser; hand wash; highlighter & luminiser; insect repellent lotion; insect repellent pump dispenser; insect repellent stick; lip balms & creams; lip gloss; lip pencils; lipsticks; make-up brush; make-up samples or minis; make-up sponge; mascara; masks; micellar water; moisturiser; mouthwash; nail polish remover; neck cream; powder; primers & base; shampoo; shaving cream pot; shaving cream tube; shaving cream pump dispenser; shaving gel pump dispenser; shower gels; skincare samples or minis; soap; sun cream lotion; sun cream pump dispenser; sun cream stick; sun care samples or minis; supplement bottles; supplement tubes; supplement tubs; talcum powder; teeth whitening product; toiletry samples or minis; toners; toothbrushes; toothpaste; vitamin bottles; vitamin tube; vitamin tubs.*
Items that cannot be accepted:
For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept the following items: aerosol cans, perfume bottles, nail polish bottles, hair dyes, brow and eyelash tints, safety razors and razor blades, disposable razors and razor heads, used PPE (disposable masks, gloves and visors), medicine, vitamins and supplements blister packs and foils; any electrical items such as hairdryers and straighteners and any medical devices, electrical or not; food packaging of any type, including crisp packets.*
Where can I take part?
Unfortunately this scheme isn’t currently available across all stores, so if you want to take part and receive the points, you’ll need to visit a participating store.
Birmingham The Bull Ring Shopping Centre;
Cannock Church Street;
Staines Two Rivers Retail Park;
Leicester Beaumont Leys;
Witney High Street;
Yate North Walk;
Cheltenham High Street;
Cardiff Queen Street;
Oxford Cornmarket Street;
Torquay Union Street;
Plymouth Drakes Circus;
London 361 Oxford Street Sedley Place;
London Chelsea 148 Kings Road;
London Gloucester Road;
Barnet High Street;
London Brixton Road;
Watford The Harlequin;
Bromley The Glades Shopping Centre;
London Wimbledon Centre Court Shopping Centre;
London Balham High Road;
Romford The Liberty;
Brighton North Street;
Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre;
Jersey St Helier Queen Street;
London Piccadilly Circus;
London 193 Oxford Street;
Birmingham High Street;
Dagenham Heathway The Mall;
Salisbury Silver Street;
Jersey St Helier King Street;
Eastleigh Chandlers Ford;
London Olympic Park Westfield Stratford City;
Bracknell The Lexicon Shopping Centre;
Didcot The Orchard Centre;
Rushden Lakes Shopping Park;
Portsmouth Ocean Park Burfields Road;
Birmingham Fort Dunlop;
Chester Broughton Shopping Park;
Leicester Fosse Park Shopping Centre;
Bournemouth Castle Point Shopping Park;
Borehamwood Retail Park;
Shepton Mallet Townsend Shopping Park;
Tottenham Hale Retail Park;
Nottingham Giltbrook Retail Park;
Llandudno Retail Park
What if there aren’t any stores near me?
If you don’t live near any of the participating stores it might be worth hanging on to a few empties for the next time you’re visiting one of the larger areas with a store that’s taking part.
If not, you can still find recycling points at your local stores – you just won’t get the reward points.
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The trial is in it’s early stages so the app/website is a bit glitchy.
Overall though, it seems like a great incentive.
Hopefully one which they’ll roll out nationwide.
Have you used the Boots Recycling Scheme yet? What did you think?