Recycle Week 2023

It’s Recycle Week and we’re highlighting our recyclable Lyle’s Golden Syrup tin and the wonderful ways our sugar and syrup packaging has been re-purposed over the years.

According to Recycle Now™, the national recycling campaign for England and Northern Ireland and part of WRAP, nine out of ten of us now regularly recycle, but over half of us still miss items that could be recycled at home. Recycling saves over 18 million tonnes of CO₂ a year in the UK, so the more we can recycle the better.

Did you know that our iconic tins of Lyle’s Golden Syrup, made in our Plaistow Wharf factory in east London are made of metal and can be recycled at home?

Re-using is even better than recycling

Even better, our tins can re-purposed into a vase, candle or plant pot. Check out these upcycling ideas from our brand fans to transform the iconic tin of Lyle’s Golden Syrup® into something unique and useful.

Re-using packaging saves the energy that comes with having to dismantle and re-manufacture products so saves even more CO₂.


People have been repurposing Tate & Lyle packaging for over 100 years. We often receive kind gifts from the public who send us objects they find in their family homes. They include envelopes made from paper sugar bags during the war and a tablecloth embroidered on an old sugar sack.

The ship’s wheel comes from a Tate & Lyle ship and has been made into a beautiful garden gate, and the desk is made from recycled Tate sugar cube boxes.


A wooden desk

We encourage you to put your Lyle’s Golden Syrup tin to good (re)use!