Top tips for Recycle Week 2015

Theme: Recycling around the home When: Monday 22 – Sunday 28 June Where: Your place!


Last year Wandsworth residents saved nearly £2m in waste disposal costs by recycling 17,000 tonnes in their clear sacks and orange-lidded banks.  If they included all the recyclable items still being placed in their dustbins they could still save over £1m more! And if no one had included the wrong things in their recycling that would have saved a further £200,000.

So residents are now being encouraged to recycle items they’ve probably never even considered before with the help of Recycle Week 2015. The Recycle Week theme of ‘recycling around the home’ should help people expand their recycling routine to all rooms in the home. Most households now regularly recycle items like plastic milk bottles and glass bottles from the kitchen, but it’s also easy to recycle many other items from the bathroom, living room and even the bedroom!

The bathroom has a whole heap of items that can be recycled such as cardboard toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes. Plastic shampoo and moisturiser bottles can all be included in your clear sacks or orange-lidded bank for mixed recycling, along with liquid soap, bleach and bathroom cleaner bottles – just remember to remove any trigger top sprays or pump dispenser tops.

The bedroom is also home to a variety of recyclable items, tissue boxes, old magazines and deodorant cans are all accepted by Wandsworth’s mixed recycling services.

And in the living room, newspapers, envelopes and cardboard packaging from online orders can be recycled, even air freshener aerosol cans.

There are also a few recyclable items that often get overlooked in the kitchen such as breakfast cereal, dishwasher tablets and kitchen wrap boxes not to mention washing-up liquid bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays too. Just remember to rinse any food remains off containers.

Everything you recycle brings real benefits. It comes back again and again as new stuff, saving resources and helping the environment. Drinks cans from around the home are recycled into new cans which can be back on the shelves in just 8 weeks and plastic bottles can be turned into footy shirts, fleeces and new plastic bottles.

For more information, see, or just follow the top tips below.

Recycling Around the Home Top Tips

  •     Put bags, bins or boxes in your bathroom, bedroom and living room for recycling as well as your kitchen.
  •     Remember to recycle baby products such as plastic talcum powder bottles and men’s toiletries like shaving gel aerosols.
  •     Rinse all food and drinks containers before recycling them.  You can do this using your washing-up water.
  •     Remember to remove and put trigger spray and pump dispenser tops in with your general rubbish. 
  •     Squash cans and bottles and flatten boxes to save space in your clear recycling sack or orange-lidded bank.
  •     Recycle all newspapers and envelopes from your living room.
  •     All cardboard packaging from online orders can be recycled.
  •     We don’t collect crisp packets, polystyrene, bread wrapping, plastic bags, toys or other plastic films for recycling, so please leave these in your general waste.  The only types of plastic that should be included in Wandsworth’s clear sacks and orange-lidded recycling banks are plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.



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