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Upstairs, downstairs - where do you recycle?

Posted on 16 September 2013

You’ve just used up your shower gel, but where does the empty bottle go?

Many of us are expert recyclers who carefully sort out our items for the recycling bin from areas of our homes such as the kitchen.

This isn’t necessarily the case for bathroom products many of which end up in the bin.

There is mounting evidence that we are missing out on items from people’s bathrooms that could be recycled but are instead ending up in landfill.

This October West Sussex County Council is calling on people to change their habits in relation to bathroom products to help increase recycling in West Sussex.

To make life easy for yourself take some simple steps.

Instead of having one rubbish bin in your bathroom, why not include a small bin for all recyclable bathroom items, which you can empty directly into your outside recycling bin. Alternatively put items in your kitchen recycle bin as soon as they are empty.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services, Lionel Barnard, said: “It’s easy to forget empty shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath bottles, along with deodorant cans, hairspray cans and glass cosmetic bottles to name a few as well as cardboard toilet roll tubes!

“Don’t forget all of these can go into your recycling bin, but when they do remember to make sure all of your items are clean, dry and loose.”

You can also recycle empty glass perfume bottles and glass cosmetic jars, so check your dressing table for any empties and give them a quick rinse and drain before placing them in the recycling bin.

A handy list of items you can recycle from your bathroom:

- Plastics bottles: Shampoo, bubble bath, liquid soap, bathroom cleaners bottles

- Cardboard: Toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes, cardboard packets from products like toothpaste boxes.

- Aerosol cans: Shaving foam, hairspray, deodorant, air freshener cans

- Glass bottles / jars: perfume bottles, oil bottles, moisturiser and cosmetic jars  

Click here to view our "Upstairs, downstairs - where do you recycle?" flyer.

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