Look good and feel good and help celebrate Recycle Week 2017
Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team at the Forest of Dean District Council is joining forces with Recycle Now, the national campaign behind Recycle Week (25 September – 1 October), to inspire us all to ‘look good and feel good’ by recycling more, particularly when it comes to items from the bathroom and bedroom.
With new research finding that nearly half (49%) of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols – including deodorants, shaving foam and hairspray – this year’s campaign will focus on showing what ‘goes around’ really can ‘come around’ if items are collected for recycling.
Aerosols can be recycled again and again without any loss of quality. They may be made into parts for mobile phones, dishwashers or even turn up as another aerosol can. That’s not all; research from Recycle Now has calculated that if every household in the Forest of Dean recycled just one more aerosol, enough energy would be saved to power a typical primary school for 5 weeks.
Councillor Sue Coakley, Chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting this year’s Recycle Week and it’s not just aerosols which are being forgotten about. Items such as glass bottles for perfume and aftershave, plastic bottles for shampoo, hair conditioner and shower gel, as well as cardboard toilet roll inners and toothpaste boxes are items which often get overlooked when it comes to recycling in the home.’
‘All of these items can be recycled to create new products so we’re asking everyone to rethink their normal morning and bed-time routines to make sure they recycle their bathroom packaging. Recycling just a few more items can make a big difference – and the bathroom is a good place to start.’
‘While almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, just over half (52%) of items are recycled from the bathroom. However, a few simple steps, such as keeping a separate bin or bag in the bathroom for recyclables means this figure could be easily increased,’ she added.
Councillor Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the Forest of Dean District Council said: ‘We want residents to recycle everything they can, every time they can. We are asking everyone to take a moment to stop and think before they bin their bathroom rubbish and check whether it can be recycled first. The Forest of Dean District Council offers a weekly kerbside recycling service which accepts all plastic bottles, glass, card and aerosols – including those found in the bathroom and bedroom - so recycling these items really is easy.’
Recycled items can be made into new products in a matter of days or weeks. Plastic bottles - such as those used for mouthwash, shampoo and liquid soap - can be turned into football shirts or fleece jumpers while card from toothpaste and tissue boxes can be made into new cardboard packaging for the food sector. And it’s not only toiletry packaging that can get forgotten when it comes to our bathroom recycling habits. Cleaning product bottles including empty bleach bottles, toilet cleaners and trigger spray surface cleaners (with trigger removed) can also get ignored but can all go on to be recycled into something new.
During Recycle Week the public are being reminded that all waste and recycling local authorities in Gloucestershire accept empty aerosols, glass bottles, plastic bottles and cardboard as part of the kerbside service offered to households so recycling these items couldn’t be easier.
Forest of Dean residents can find out more about their local recycling service by visiting the District Council's website here or by calling the Council's Customer Service Team on 01594 810000.
Find out more about Recycle Week at www.recyclenow.com.
The Joint Waste Partnership provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council.
- Recycle Week is organised by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) under the Recycle Now brand and take places this year in the last week of September (25 September – 1 October).
- Recycle Now is a campaign to encourage people in the UK to recycle more things, more often, from all around the home. The campaign aims to encourage behaviour change across the UK to reduce the amount of waste produced and use resources in an efficient way.
- If every household in Gloucestershire recycled just one more aerosol, enough energy would be saved to power a typical primary school for over 8 months.
- It takes just eight recycled plastics bottles to be transformed into a football shirt.
- Glass in endlessly recyclable without loss of quality or purity and will never decompose.
- Each year the UK will use approximately 600million aerosols (the equivalent of 10 cans per person).
- Items able to be recycled at the kerbside:
Plastic Bottles: Shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, shower gel, liquid soap, face cleansers, sun-tan lotion, toilet cleaner, bleach bottles, surface cleaner;
Aerosols: hairspray, shaving foam, deodorant/antiperspirant;
Glass Bottles: Perfume/aftershave bottles; medicine bottles;
Cardboard: Toothpaste boxes, hair-dye boxes, make-up outer packaging boxes, medicine boxes.