Recycle Week 2016 – can you identify The Unusual Suspects?

Published: Friday, 2nd September 2016

Thank you for recycling, Kettering Borough!

With Recycle Week 2016 set to take place from 12th – 18th September, Kettering Borough Council want to thank local residents for doing their bit for the environment and to encourage recycling in the future.

In the first few weeks of September a yellow sticker will be found on every black bin in the Borough with a reminder to put any recyclable materials into your blue bin. In support of a county wide recycling awareness campaign, residents can also look out for new promotional posters on the side of the Council’s vehicles advising about a few Unusual Suspects which can be recycled but are often forgotten about.

The Unusual Suspects
We know our residents recycle plastic drinks bottles, drink cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers, but items such as aerosol cans, foil trays, beauty crème jars and toilet roll tubes; ‘The Unusual Suspects’ are often missed. 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 your little scented bottles is also recyclable.

Taking a shower? Remember 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. 

Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“Recycle Week is an ideal time for Kettering residents to really take a fresh look at their recycling habits, and to see if there are any opportunities to recycle even more items. 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.”

Councillor Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: 

“Recycling is already making a big difference thanks to the dedication of Kettering residents. Recycling is important, as it saves energy which helps the environment, so it’s great to keep up the good work!” 

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.