How to recycle ceramic waste from a kitchen in your home

Waste recycling can be a time-consuming process, but there are some tips to get you through it.

With this article, we’ll help you start a process of recycling your ceramic waste and save the environment.


Choose your waste types to recycle 1.3 million tonnes of ceramic waste each year – which is roughly 20 per cent of the UK’s total waste. 

The recycling of ceramic materials from kitchens, bathrooms and kitchens has always been controversial, with many arguing that ceramic waste should be reused for other purposes.

The British Waste Management Agency (BWM) says that only 2 per cent or around 3 million tonnes are recycled annually. 

But that number is down from 7 per cent in 2009, when ceramic was the leading source of waste, followed by paper, glass, cardboard and paperboard.

To make the process easier, BWM offers a ‘sustainability scheme’, which helps businesses find recycling opportunities and provides support for businesses to manage the waste.

You can apply for the scheme online.

If you have a ceramic dishwasher or food processor, Bwm suggests it should be removed, because this could pose a risk of mould or contamination.

The company also advises using ‘preventive maintenance’ when you reuse ceramic items, and making sure that they are not stored in areas where they can get mould and/or contamination.

You should also consider avoiding ceramic waste in areas with a high air pollution, and avoid using the same ceramic material in your house for both ceramic and non-ceramic purposes.

1,800 tonnes of waste per year – or 20 per day – The number of tonnes of non-ferrous waste that are being collected in London is estimated to be around 1,700 tonnes.

This is a lot more than you can easily dispose of.

The waste is often left behind in kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms, where it is left for long periods of time, or left to rust. 

A survey conducted by Waste-to-Energy and the London Councils Office for Waste Management, found that about 40 per cent are discarded at the landfill, while the remainder are returned to the homes they were collected in.

Some of these materials can also pose health risks, and it is recommended that people keep them out of the reach of children.

You can apply to the BWM recycling scheme to make it easier to recycle your ceramic materials, and if you’re looking to use a pre-used ceramic dish or food pan for cooking, there are a number of options available.

Ceramic dishes from kitchen and bathtub Ceramic can be stored for long times, and is often not recycled because of the high air pollutants it can emit, so a preformed ceramic dish is more environmentally friendly. 

For ceramic, the first step is to remove it from the kitchen, and then wash it with water.

Then, wash the ceramic material with a water-based soap and a detergent solution.

Then wash the finished dish with soap and water. 

When it comes to washing a ceramic plate, you should use a dishwasher with a scrubber on, which will remove all the excess, including mould and contamination.

This will also ensure that the ceramic is dry before using it for cooking.

A ceramic dish from a wash cycle If you want to avoid using your dishwasher, there is a method that is much more environmentally-friendly.

If you want a preheated ceramic dish that is ready to cook in a prewarmed pot, there’s a quick and simple way to make your own at home.

You’ll need a ceramic bowl, a bowl that has a hole in it, and a kettle.

The bowl should be of ceramic, and be at least three metres long.

You then have to put the ceramic bowl in a kettle, and heat it up to at least 160C. 

Once the ceramic has reached the correct temperature, add a few drops of detergent and a little salt to the pot.

After it has cooled down a little, you will need to dip the ceramic into the detergent, and stir it until it is all mixed.

Then you will put the bowl into the prewarmer pot and heat up the ceramic again. 

Now, you can pour the pre-warmed ceramic pot into a clean, dry dishwasher and heat the ceramic for at least 30 minutes. 

After that, use the detergents to scrub the ceramic, using a damp cloth to avoid discolouring the ceramic.

You may also want to wash the bowl, and once it is hot, put the dish into the microwave for 30 minutes, to ensure it’s not hot enough to melt any of the ceramic particles. 

To save money, the Bwm scheme also offers a ceramic-free meal-maker, which uses pre-heated pots and pans for a delicious, eco-friendly dish.

There are also ceramic food-cookers that are dishwasher safe, and you