Council supports county-wide ‘unusual suspects’ recycling campaign

Release date: 7 September 2016

Cotswold District Council is backing a forthcoming Gloucestershire Waste Team campaign which urges residents to recycle household items that they may often miss such as aerosol cans, perfume or aftershave bottles and toilet roll tubes.

The Waste Team is very pleased that residents have responded well to calls asking them to recycle more items like plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, jam jars and newspapers, and they are now encouraging people to turn their attention to these ‘unusual suspects’ in their homes.  

Recycle Week 2016 takes place from 12 to 18 September and the focus will be on driving up recycling of these often overlooked items.

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment and Chair of the Gloucestershire Waste Committee, comments:

“Recycle Week is an ideal time for residents in the Cotswolds and further afield to take a fresh look at their recycling habits and consider whether they could recycle even more items.

“There are lots of places around the home where the unusual recycling suspects can be found, such as in the bathroom or bedroom. If more of these were recycled it could save huge amounts of energy. In fact, if everyone in the UK recycled just one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.  Recycling aluminium deodorant and air freshener aerosol cans is also hugely significant – if everyone in the UK recycled just one more aluminium aerosol can, enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 480,000 homes for a year.

“Plastic shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser bottles can all be recycled as well.  Many cleaning products – such as washing up liquid bottles, soap dispensers, bleach bottles and spray cleaners - can all be recycled.  However, please ensure that spray triggers and pump tops are placed in general waste as they can’t currently be recycled."

To find out more information or follow the unusual suspects, head to Recycle Now’s Facebook page or website



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