TUKC reveals Top 10 kitchen recycling hotspots

Reading, in Berkshire, is Britain's most sustainably minded place when it comes to not sending kitchens to landfill, according to The Used Kitchen Company. 

04 May, 21

Reading, in Berkshire, is Britain’s most sustainably-minded place when it comes to not sending kitchens to landfill, according to The Used Kitchen Company (TUKC).

Top 10 kitchen recycling hotspots, according to TUKC

Ex-display and second-hand kitchen retailer The Used Kitchen Company (TUKC), has analysed where used and ex-display kitchens, listed on its website, have come from over the past two years and created a Top 10 list.

London comes just behind Reading for recycling kitchens but if the capital is excluded, the second kitchen recycling hotspot in Royal Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, and the third is Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire.

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Top 10 Kitchen Recycling Towns in the UK

  1. Reading
  2. Tunbridge Wells
  3. Peterborough
  4. Canterbury
  5. Guildford
  6. Cambridge
  7. Wilmslow
  8. Cheltenham
  9. Edinburgh
  10. Weybridge


TUKC has also analysed which regions are ahead with their green thinking and which could focus more on why kitchen recycling is so important for the planet.

Heading the list is the South East, where 32% of recycled kitchens have come from, where homeowners have earned cashback from their kitchen, with it sold to a second home.

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In second place is Greater London, where homeowners created a fifth of kitchen listings (20%).  Just behind the capital comes East Anglia (17%).

Top 10 Recycling Regions 

  1. South East England (32%)
  2. London (20%)
  3. East of England (17%)
  4. NW England (7%)
  5. Yorkshire and the Humber (5%)
  6. West Midlands (5%)
  7. East Midlands (5%)
  8. South West (5%)
  9.  Scotland (3%)
  10. Wales (1%)


The aim of reselling kitchens is to reduce waste send to landfill each year, since they comprise components that cannot be recycled or reprocessed.

And TUKC has recently joined with Mereway and Symphony to promote this sustainability message through their network of independent retailers.

CEO of The Used Kitchen Company Looeeze Grossman, said: “Residents in places like Reading, Tunbridge Wells, Peterborough and Londo are doing the right thing for their household budget and the planet, by putting their unwanted kitchens up for sale and into the circular economy, so the life of their kitchen is extended.

“We suspect pockets like this develop when one person puts their kitchen up for adoption and friends or family members see what a great idea it is and follow suit, when they too come to refurbish.

“It only takes a few people to change attitudes and actions, so even though some areas of the country may be less active at the moment, we hope to inspire those who are not yet recycling their kitchen to do so, as that action could influence other people’s.”