Recycle Week – It’s worth it!

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Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, the Waste Team at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Wiltshire Council is joining up with Recycle Now this Recycle Week to encourage you to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.

While we all do our bit to recycle what we can, certain items around the house can somehow evade the recycling bin. Recycling just a few more items can make a big difference – and the bathroom is a good place to start. In the UK, almost 90% of packaging produced in our kitchens is recycled, while only just over half of items are recycled from in the bathroom.

In fact, new research found that nearly half of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols including deodorant and hairspray from the bedroom or bathroom. The research also found that 38% of the UK population say they don’t always recycle glass items in the bedroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty.

While recycling may feel like a chore, the benefits of recycling are seemingly endless –

what goes around comes around! That’s why this Recycle Week, the Waste Team are highlighting the benefits of recycling for the environment and for our local community.

Recycle Now has calculated that if everyone in Wiltshire recycled one more deodorant spray, it would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for more than 6 months!

When we say ‘what goes around comes around’, we really mean it! Did you know that

aerosols such as deodorants and hair sprays can be recycled again and again without any loss in quality? So you may see them come back in items such as parts of your mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol!

Top bathroom recycling tips to shake up your routine:

  • Put a recycling bag or bin in your bathroom or bedroom to make recycling an easy part of your routine
  • 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 put in your household waste bin
  • Mirrors and nail varnish bottles are not recyclable and should go in your household waste bin

Don’t forget, if you aren’t sure about what you can recycle at home, visit or use the Recycling Locator at

If you are passionate about recycling and reducing your rubbish and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. There are many ways you can help – see our volunteer profile here  for more information and contact or call 01380 736077. Follow us on Facebook ‘Wiltshire Waste Watchers’ and twitter @SlimBinsWilts


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