Recycling in your bathroom
Most people know what they can recycle from their kitchens, but what goes into bathroom bins often gets thrown out with the rubbish. According to recent research* only 52% of people say they regularly recycle items from the bathroom.
You can follow these tips to increase what you recycle from your bathroom:
You don't need to take packaging up to the bathroom, take things like toothpaste, soap or make-up out of the box before you put it in the bathroom. Then pop the cardboard box straight in the recycling bin.
You can use a bin divider to separate recyclable items in your bathroom bin if you use one.
You can use another container to keep items in, like a second bin, a basket or a box.
Use reminders like sticky notes inside bin lids or inside bathroom cabinets so you remember to recycle.
Check the labels on bottles and tubs. Some shops will take your empty bottles and tubs and re-use them.
See if you can buy refills so bottles can be re-used.
Some companies sell bathroom products with no packaging. Have a look online to see what options are out there.
Remember you can recycle all these items once they are empty, rinsed and finished with:
|Cardboard||Toilet roll tubes, soap boxes, toothpaste boxes, make-up boxes, empty tissue boxes, painkiller boxes, tablet boxes**|
|Plastic||Shampoo and conditioner bottles, shower gel bottles, bathroom cleaner bottles, toilet cleaner bottles, bubble bath bottles, mouthwash bottles (not black plastic bottles)|
|Metal||Deodorant cans, antiperspirant cans and shaving foam cans|
|Paper||Medication leaflets, make-up leaflets|
|Glass - to go in the caddy||Cough medicine bottles**, glass make-up bottles, glass bubble bath bottles (not Pyrex ones - looks for the triangular recycling symbol)|
Remember we cannot currently recycle pump dispenser tops (like from hand soaps and face washes) or spray bottle tops (like from bathroom cleaner or shower cleaner). Please put the pump in your green bin and the bottle in your blue bin.
*Source: 2015 Recycle Now poll surveying 2,000 adults in the UK.
**Remember if you get medicines on prescription you should peel off the pharmacy label which may have your name and address on it and destroy it.