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26 September 2017

The people of Essex are being urged to rethink their recycling habits during national Recycle Week 2017 after new research revealed almost half are not recycling aerosols.

Plastic bottles that are recycable

Recycle Now research found 49% of people do not always recycle their aerosols, but if everyone in Essex recycled one extra can it would be enough to power a primary school for 572 days.

Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Recycle Week 2017 is a great opportunity for us to thank the people of Essex for all the effort they go to.

“It’s also a great time for us to rethink our routines and check we’re doing everything we can to stop recyclable items going to landfill.

“So we’ve produced some top tips and busted some recycling myths to reduce confusion about how and what to recycle all around the home.”

Almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom. 

New research from Recycle Now, the national recycling charity, says almost half of residents admit to not always recycling their aerosols while over a third (38%) don’t always recycle glass items in the bathroom, such as aftershave and perfume bottles once they are empty.

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 phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can.

Recycling just three empty deodorant cans can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes or a home sound system for 32 hours!

Recycle for Essex’s top recycling tips:

  • Empty and rinse your kitchen recyclables- a quick rinse will do!
  • Remove plastic lids from aerosols and place both items in your recycling 
  • Leave labels and lids on your plastics and wash and squash… every bottle counts 
For more information about your local recycling scheme, including details of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house, visit Essex waste and recycling or use the Recycling Locator.

Recycle Week 2017 runs from September 25 to October 1.