Recycle Week - what goes around comes around...

Recycling week - what goes around comes around

We're encouraging residents to look and feel good this Recycle Week (25 September to 1 October).

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, we've teamed up with Recycle Now to encourage you to recycle bathroom items such as empty deodorants and old fragrances.

In the UK, almost 90 per cent of packaging is recycled in our kitchens. However, on average, only 52 per cent of items are recycled in the bathroom. Keep a recycling bin in your bathroom and you'll be amazed at how quickly it fills up with:

  • Aerosol sprays - for example, deodorants, hairspray and shaving foam
  • Perfume and aftershave bottles
  • Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Moisturiser bottles (not tubes)
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Soap dispensers
  • Cleaning products - for example, bleach bottles and air fresheners

Recycling saves energy and resources that would be required to make items from raw materials - just three recycled empty deodorant sprays can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes, or a sound system for 32 hours!

In fact, if everyone in Dacorum recycled just one more deodorant spray, it would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for seven weeks!

And 'what goes around comes around' because items such as metal aerosol cans and glass bottles can be recycled again and again without any loss in quality. So you may see your deodorant can come back as part of your mobile phone, dishwasher or even as another aerosol can.

Top recycling tips

  • Keep a separate recycling bin in your bathroom and bedroom
  • Where possible, empty and rinse containers before they go in the recycling bin
  • Remove plastic lids and caps from air-freshener, deodorant and shaving foam aerosols, where easy to do so, and place separately in the recycling
  • Tissues, wipes, mirrors, toothpaste tubes and nail varnish bottles are not recyclable and should be put in your general waste bin.

For more information about recycling, including details of what can and can't be recycled from around the house, visit our recycling page.