Give your recycling habits a boost

Did you know that if everyone in Derbyshire recycled just one aluminium deodorant aerosol can, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 1,700 homes for a year?

And that’s not the only thing in the bathroom that can be recycled. Empty plastic bottles for shampoo, bleach, bathroom cleaners and liquid soap can all be recycled along with toothpaste boxes and toilet roll inner tubes – but how many of us actually take our recycling habits beyond the kitchen?

The theme for this year’s Recycle Week (12 to 18 September) is ‘The Unusual Suspects’  and Derbyshire County Council will be out giving help and advice to  encourage local people to think about all those items that often get forgotten when recycling at home. Events are taking place at the following locations:

  • Tuesday  13th September – Draycott Road, Sawley – Co-op, 11am-5pm
  • Thursday 15th September – New Mills – Co-op, 11am-5pm
  • Friday      16 th September – Ashbourne – Sainsbury’s, 11am-5pm


Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “People living in Derbyshire recycle more now than they ever have, but we still need everyone to help cut waste management costs by recycling even more. This will leave more money available to help maintain other services such as care homes for the elderly, gritting and mending roads or looking after vulnerable children.

“Sending waste for disposal is expensive and produces carbon emissions which contribute to climate change. We need to tackle this problem together. 

“Most of us are used to recycling things like plastic milk bottles, glass jars and packaging from the kitchen. But we need more people to expand their recycling habits beyond the kitchen and recycle items from other rooms around the house too.

“I hope that lots of people will come along to our events and find out more.”

Some facts that may help people increase their recycling include:

  • Empty plastic shampoo and moisturiser bottles can all be accepted for recycling, along with liquid soap, bleach and bathroom cleaner bottles.
  • You can recycle empty aerosol cans such as deodorant and hairspray using your kerbside recycling scheme. If everyone in Derbyshire recycled one aluminium air-freshener aerosol, enough energy could be saved to vacuum more than 10,000 homes for a year
  • If everyone in Derbyshire recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 20 homes for a year?


Residents can find out more about Recycle Week at www.recyclenow.com/recycleweek where there is the chance to enter a competition to win an iPad or a Joseph Joseph recycle bin. For more information about recycling in Derbyshire visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/recycling

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