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Council backs Recycle Week campaign

Wirral Council is teaming up with ‘Recycle Now’ for national Recycle Week to encourage residents to recycle more bathroom items like empty shampoo bottles and glass perfume or aftershave bottles.

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of, and encourage recycling and will take place this year from September 25 – October 1.

In the UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom.

Research also found that over a third (38%) of the UK population say they don’t always recycle glass items in the bathroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty.

Wirral Council is asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by highlighting the benefits of recycling these items for Wirral.

Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Wirral’s Cabinet member for Environment, said:  “We are committed to helping residents recycle more during Recycle Week and beyond. We hope you will join us and make small but lasting changes to your bathroom regimes by recycling just a few more items and making a real difference for our environment.”

Linda Crichton, Head of Recycle Now, said: “Many of us have our daily bathroom routines in place - whether we’re getting ready to go to work, out for a party, or just settling down for a night in. During Recycle Week, we will be letting people know that they can protect the environment by making some small changes to their bathroom routine. One tip is to put a recycling bag or bin in your bathroom or bedroom to make recycling an easy part of your routine.”

Recycle Now’s top bathroom recycling tips:

  • Where possible empty and rinse containers before they go in the recycling bin
  • Put caps and lids back on your glass containers before recycling
  • Mirrors and nail varnish bottles are not recyclable and should be put in your general waste

Visit the Wirral Council website for more information about your local recycling scheme, including details of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house.  

Visit Recycle Now for more information about what they're all about.