Get £5 worth of Boots Advantage card points by recycling old make up
YOU can now turn your old make up into money at Boots by recycling packaging.
The high street store is offering 500 free advantage card points which are worth £5 and all you have to do is return five empty products.
Normally you would have to spend at least £125 to earn 500 advantage card points – the loyalty scheme offers 4 points for every £1 spent.
Boots is offering the free points to encourage people to recycle items made of materials that are hard to re-purpose.
And it can be from any beauty or health brand – not just those from Boots.
You can scan the items online and drop the empties in one of the 50 stores offering the scheme to get the points.
Joanna Rogers, trading director and VP of beauty at Boots said: "Customers will be able to recycle even the most difficult health, beauty and wellness empties, from old mascaras and empty toothpaste tubes to finished lipsticks and empty vitamin pots.
"Our customers can then feel even better about treating themselves with their advantage card points."
And there's also no limit on how many times you can recycle, as long as you don't do it more than once in a day.
How to get £5 of advantage card points
- Go to the Boots Scan 2Recycle website
- Scan the empty products you want to return using your phone's camera (you'll need to create an account and add your advantage card number)
- Find a store (see below) where you can drop off your empties at the recycling bin
- Scan the QR code on the recycling bin
- Check your email for a barcode – you'll need to take this to a No7 till point with your advantage card to redeem the points (this needs to be done on the same day or you'll miss out)
What items can you recycle?
There's a huge range of make up, beauty and health items you can recycle for points:
- after sun and sun protection cream, lotion, moisturise and pump dispenser
- aftershave lotion
- antiperspirant and deodorant cream, roll on and stick
- bath & body samples or minis
- BB cream
- body butter, moisturiser oil scrub
- brow palettes and pencils
- brushes and brush cleansers
- bubble bath, oils and salts
- CC cream
- chest cream
- contact lens case and solution
- dental care samples or minis
- denture care
- eye products including cream, eye liner, eye palettes, eye shadow
- face creams, face palettesand face wash
- fake tan drops, lotion, moisturiser and pump dispensers
- feminine cream, lotion shave balm and wash
- flossing products
- foot cream and lotion
- haircare minis
- hair products, including cream, gel, jelly, mousse pump, paste, hair putty, serum, spray pump, treatments, wax, and haircare samples
- hand cream, hand lotion, sanitiser, hand wash
- highlighter & luminiser
- insect repellent lotion and pump dispenser and stick
- lip products, including balms & creams, gloss, pencils, lipsticks
- make-up brushes, samples and minis, sponges
- micellar water
- nail polish remover
- neck cream
- primers & base
- shaving cream pot, tube, cream pump dispenser, gel pump dispenser
- shower gels
- skincare samples or minis
- supplement bottles, tubes, tubs
- talcum powder
- teeth whitening product
- toiletry samples or minis
- toothbrushes and toothpaste
- vitamin bottles, tubes and tubs
There are also items you can't recycle, including:
- 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)
- 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
Supermarket loyalty schemes – which has one?
MOST UK supermarkets have loyalty schemes so customers can build up points and save money while they shop.
Here we round up what saving programmes you'll find at the big brands.
- Iceland: Unlike other stores, you don't collect points with the Iceland Bonus Card. Instead, you load it up with money and Iceland will give you £1 for every £20 you save.
- Morrisons: Morrisons' More gives customers five points per £1 spent in store. When customers earn 5,000 points they receive a £5 voucher.
- Sainsbury's: While Sainsbury's doesn't have a personal scheme, it does own the Nectar card which can also be used in Argos, eBay and other shops. You need 200 Nectar points to save up £1 to spend on your card. You need to spend at least £1 to get one Nectar point.
- Tesco: Tesco Clubcard has over 17million members in the UK alone. You use it each time you shop and build up points that can be turned into vouchers – 150 points gets you a £1.50 voucher. Here you need to spend £1 in Tesco to get one point.
- Waitrose: myWaitrose also doesn't allow you to collect points but instead you'll get access to free hot drinks, and discounts off certain brands in store.
Where can I recycle?
Many Boots stores offer recycling bins for items like this, but only 50 currently offer points as a reward, so make sure you use the right ones. These are the stores taking part in the scheme:
- Barnet High Street
- Birmingham Fort Dunlop
- Birmingham High Street
- Birmingham The Bull Ring Shopping Centre
- Borehamwood Retail Park
- Bournemouth Castle Point Shopping Park
- Bracknell The Lexicon Shopping Centre
- Brighton North Street
- Bristol Broadmead
- Bristol Henleaze
- Bromley The Glades Shopping Centre;
- Cannock Church Street
- Cardiff Queen Street
- Cheltenham High Street
- Chester Broughton Shopping Park
- Dagenham Heathway The Mall
- Dartford Bluewater
- Didcot The Orchard Centre
- Eastleigh Chandlers Ford
- Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre
- Jersey St Helier King Street
- Jersey St Helier Queen Street
- Leicester Beaumont Leys
- Leicester Fosse Park Shopping Centre
- Llandudno Retail Park
- London 193 Oxford Street
- London 361 Oxford Street Sedley Place
- London Balham High Road
- London Bloomsbury
- London Brixton Road
- London Chelsea 148 Kings Road
- London Gloucester Road
- London Kew
- London Olympic Park Westfield Stratford City
- London Piccadilly Circus
- London Wimbledon Centre Court Shopping Centre
- Nottingham Giltbrook Retail Park
- Oxford Cornmarket Street
- Plymouth Drakes Circus
- Portsmouth Ocean Park Burfields Road
- Romford The Liberty
- Rushden Lakes Shopping Park
- Salisbury Silver Street
- Shepton Mallet Townsend Shopping Park
- Staines Two Rivers Retail Park
- Torquay Union Street
- Tottenham Hale Retail Park
- Watford The Harlequin
- Witney High Street
- Yate North Walk
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