This story was published 22 September 2017

North Yorkshire County Council is encouraging residents to rethink their bathroom regime to support Recycle Week from 25 September to 1 October.

 Only 52 per cent of bathroom items go in the recycling bin in UK homes

Research by New Recycle Now reveals that only 52 per cent of bathroom items go in the recycling bin in UK homes. If everyone in North Yorkshire recycled one more deodorant spray, this would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for eight weeks.

The County Council is teaming up with Recycle Now to encourage residents to recycle bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.

In the UK we recycle almost 90 per cent of packaging from our kitchens, but just over half of the items in the bathroom. Recycle Now has found that nearly half (49%) of the UK population admits to not always recycling aerosols, including deodorant and hairspray, from the bedroom or bathroom. The research also found that over a third (38%) doesn’t always recycle glass items such as aftershave and perfume bottles.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Waste Management, said: “We’re asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by 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 as parts of your mobile phone, dishwasher or even another aerosol can.”

If you love singing in the shower or getting ready to some top tunes, being recycling savvy, such as recycling three empty deodorants, can provide these essentials to our ‘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.”

Other tips include:

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.

For more information about local recycling schemes, including details of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house, use the recycling locator at