Join the hunt for household items which escape recycling

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Lancashire County Council is urging people to join the hunt for the 'unusual suspects' – items that should be recycled but often end up in the general waste bin.

The aim of this year's National Recycle Week, from 12 to 18 September, is to get everyone to think about recycling things from around the home that are often missed, such as aerosol cans, foil trays, beauty crème jars, perfume bottles and toilet roll tubes.

County Councillor Clare Pritchard, Lancashire County Council lead member for waste, said: "We know that people in Lancashire are good at recycling plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers.

"But to increase our recycling rates we now need everyone to join the hunt for the unusual suspects that lurk around our homes and often get away without being recycled.

"Recycling is not just for the kitchen, there is so much more you can recycle upstairs, downstairs, outside and in the garage. Items like bleach bottles, toothpaste boxes, perfume bottles and aerosol deodorants can all go in your recycling bins."

According to Recycle Now, the national recycling campaign for England which runs the National Recycle Week campaign, it would save £135,000 in landfill costs if every UK household threw their next empty shampoo bottle into the recycling bin.

If you're in any doubt about what you can recycle where you live, you can easily check using the recycling locator at

Tagged as: Waste and Recycling

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