Recycle Week 2016 – can you identify ‘The Unusual Suspects’?

With Recycle Week 2016 about to take place between 12 – 18 September, Warwickshire County Council is thanking residents of the county for all the great recycling that’s being done, and wants to tell them about a few ‘Unusual Suspects’.

Warwickshire residents regularly recycle plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers, but ‘The Unusual Suspects’ such as aerosol cans, foil trays, beauty crème jars and toilet roll tubes; ‘The Unusual Suspects’ 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.

Don’t forget your perfume or aftershave bottles; because the glass from all your little scented bottles is recyclable.

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.

County Councillor Jeff Clarke, Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership said: “Recycling is already making a big difference thanks to the dedication of Warwickshire 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 Warwickshire residents to really take a fresh look at their recycling habits, and to see if there are any opportunities to recycle even more items.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “Encouraging residents to recycle more of their rubbish will result in real savings for Warwickshire tax payers. There are lots of items that can be recycled, but some are lesser known or more ‘unusual’ than others, and so that’s what we’re 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. This saves resources, helps the environment, reduces energy use and supports a thriving recycling economy.

For information about your local recycling schemes please go to To find out more information or follow ‘The Unusual Suspects’, head to Recycle Now’s Facebook page or website where the series will begin on 12th September.