Recycle Week: Find out what ‘Unusual Suspects’ can be recycled in your home

Shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes and empty bottles are all ‘Unusual Suspects’ that can be recycled as part of Recycle Week and beyond.

Merton Council is calling on residents this Recycle Week, which starts from Monday 12 September, to cut the amount of waste they generate and to reuse and recycle whatever they can. This will minimise the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills.

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Mariana Sadler, right, and  Wilhelmina  Lutterodt-Schandorf, from Merton Council.

As part of three recycling roadshows, the council will be offering information and advice and giving away freebies including fridge magnets and re-usable recycling storage bags. There will be games and prizes for lucky residents.

Come and join in on:

  • Monday 12 September from 10am to 2pm outside Colliers Wood underground station
  • Tuesday 13 September from 10am to 2pm at the Wimbledon Piazza (outside the Odeon cinema)
  • Friday 16 September from 10am to 2pm at Majestic Way in Mitcham

Did you know that the ‘Unusual Suspects’ such as perfume bottles, aerosol cans and toilet roll tubes that are often found in the bathroom or bedroom can all be recycled?

The more unusual, but still very recyclable items include:

  • aerosol cans – e.g. air fresheners and deodorants
  • toilet roll tubes
  • tissue boxes
  • shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • dishwasher tablet boxes
  • glass beauty crème pots
  • perfume bottles
  • bleach bottles

So don’t let them get away, recycle them today.

The council encourages people to recycle whatever they can. Cutting the amount of waste that goes into landfill is good for the environment and it is good value for money for the taxpayer.

Merton Council cabinet member for street cleanliness and parking Councillor Ross Garrod said: “I would urge everyone to recycle as much as they can. As well as checking your kitchen for the usual suspects, remember to check your bathroom, bedroom and lounge for the more unusual ones and add those to your recycling too.

“It’s amazing to think that 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.”

Recycle Week 2016 runs from Monday 12 September to Sunday 18 September. To find out more, visit