Green Residents Urged to Recycle More

Green Residents Urged to Recycle More

09/09/2016 - Next week is national recycle week 2016 and Broxtowe Borough Council is thanking residents for all the great recycling that's being done as well as encouraging them to recycle more day to day items.

Residents can  recycle plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, cardboard boxes and newspapers in the green-lidded recycling bin but 'The Unusual Suspects' such as aerosol cans, toothpaste boxes and toilet roll tubes; are often missed. There are lots of places around the home that 'The Unusual Suspects' can be found - can you hunt them down? What's hiding in the bathroom or bedroom? Paper and cardboard items such as toothpaste boxes and tissue boxes are lurking. If everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.

Keep an eye out for aluminium deodorant and air freshener aerosol cans. If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant aerosol can, enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 480,000 homes for a year. Or, if everyone in the UK recycled one air freshener aerosol can, enough energy could be saved to run a fridge for over 91,000 homes for a year!

Taking a shower? The unusual suspect might be in there with you. Plastic shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser bottles can be recycled too. In the kitchen the unusual suspects help to keep things clean - washing up liquid bottles, soap dispensers, bleach bottles and spray cleaners can all be recycled. Just remember, it's best to remove the trigger spray and pump dispenser tops, as these aren't currently recycled.

Chair of the Environment and Community Safety Committee, Councillor Mia Kee said:

"Recycling is already making a big difference thanks to the dedication of Broxtowe residents. Recycling is important, as it saves energy which helps the environment, so it's great to keep up the good work! Recycle Week is an ideal time for Borough residents to really take a fresh look at their recycling habits, and to see if there are any opportunities to recycle even more items. There are lots of items that can be recycled, but some are lesser known or more 'unusual' than others and, these are what we are trying to raise awareness of."

There are many great benefits to recycling, as many materials can be recycled over and over again with no loss of quality. For example, in Broxtowe your recycling is taken to the Mansfield MRF (Material Recycling Facility), where the materials are sorted and separated into different types of materials before being sent to manufacturers who make it into new products. This saves resources, helps the environment, reduces energy use and supports a thriving recycling economy.


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