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Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Borough council join forces in encouraging their communities to look and feel good during Recycle Week by focusing on bathroom recycling.

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Borough Councils are teaming up with Recycle Now to encourage residents to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.

In the UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while only 52% of items are recycled in the bathroom. New research from Recycle Now found that nearly half (49%) 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 over a third (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.

This Recycle Week, which begins on Monday 25 September, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Borough Councils will be asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by highlighting the benefits of recycling bathroom items and demonstrating that what goes around comes around!

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 can. So, if you love singing in the shower or enjoy sprucing yourself up to some top tunes, then being recycling savvy (such as recycling just three empty deodorants) can provide these essentials to your ‘getting ready’ routine by saving enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes, or a home sound system for 32 hours.

Linda Crichton, Head of Recycle Now, said: “Many of us have our daily bathroom routines in place - whether we’re getting ready to go to work, out for a party, or just settling down for a night in. During Recycle Week, we are looking to shake up those routines and let people know that they can do good for the environment you live in in the process of looking good. One tip is to put a recycling bag or bin in your bathroom or bedroom to make recycling an easy part of your routine”

Recycle Now’s top bathroom recycling tips:

  • Where possible empty and rinse containers before they go in the recycling bin.
  • Put caps and lids back on your glass containers before recycling.
  • Remove plastic lids and caps from air-freshener, deodorant and shaving foam aerosols where easy to do so and place separately in the recycling.
  • Mirrors and nail varnish bottles are not recyclable and should be put in your general waste.

Cllr Jim Mason, lead member for Tewkesbury Borough Council’s clean and green environment said of the initiative “Tewkesbury residents have embraced the recycling ethos and I don’t doubt that Recycle Now’s findings will provide both the inspiration and motivation for them to take a look in the (bathroom) mirror and reflect on where they might be able to do more. Small individual changes to our routines can make a significant impact to the bigger picture”.

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment at Cheltenham Borough Council, added: “This year’s Recycle Week is a timely opportunity for us to think about how much we can recycle from all rooms around the house, not just the kitchen. Cheltenham’s residents are already great at recycling and I know there is even more we can do. It will be even easier to recycle from the kerbside when our new improved recycling service goes live next month.’’

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