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Earning Avios by recycling cans at Tesco Recycling Centres

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Reader Paul dropped me a line to outline the success he was having earning Avios points by using Tesco Recycling Centre.

Based at around 100 stores across the country, they look like this:

You can feed your empty drink cans into them, as well as jars and bottles.  Tesco gives you 1 Clubcard point for every 2 aluminium cans.  You do not earn anything for any other products.

As well as his own supply, Paul is recycling cans thrown out by his local bowling club, which helps to boost his balance further.

There is no official list of which stores have a recycling centre.  This old article (external link) lists around 100 but does not claim to be comprehensive.  It is worth looking out for it at your nearest Extra store, as that is the most common place to find them.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (24)

  • Elsie says:

    Im pretty sure that the Tesco at Colney Hatch (A406) North London does this.

  • Mark says:

    Off topic question…

    I have just applied for an upgrade to my Amex Gold -> Platinum in order to take advantage of the Marco Polo Gold before it ends.

    I have an Avios redemption flight coming up, which I don’t seem to be able to change my frequent flyer number on via Manage My Booking from my BA exec club membership. Should I be able to? If not, can I phone them once I have the Marco Polo membership and ask them to amend it?

  • Jonathan says:

    Any inside news on a points boost for Clubcard to Avios conversions? There hasn’t been one for aaaaages! 🙂

  • Phillip says:

    Unfortunately I gave up on this years ago, because 80% of the machines seemed to be broken. I have 4-5 near me and most of them seem to be out of service constantly!

  • davi says:

    Just checks my can boards

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