Nottinghamshire residents reminded to recycle the ‘unusual suspects’


With national Recycle Week well underway (12th – 18th September) Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) want to thank the residents of Nottinghamshire for all the great recycling that’s being done - 163,000 tons of household waste recycled last year alone in the county and to tell you about a few ‘Unusual Suspects’ that may get missed from recycling bins. We know that everyone in Nottinghamshire knows they can recycle plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, cardboard boxes and newspapers, but ‘The Unusual Suspects’ such as aerosol cans, yoghurt pots, shampoo bottles and toilet roll tubes  are often missed. There are lots of places around the home that ‘The Unusual Suspects’ can be found – can you hunt them down?
What’s hiding in the bathroom or bedroom? 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.
To help recycle around the home we have an ‘Unusual Suspects’ collection tote bag available for free 100 lucky residents. See for further information.
Keep an eye out for aluminium deodorant and air freshener aerosol cans. If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant aerosol can, enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 480,000 homes for a year. Or, if everyone in the UK recycled one air freshener aerosol can, enough energy could be saved to run a fridge for over 91,000 homes for a year!
Taking a shower? The unusual suspect might be in there with you. 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.
Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire said:
“Recycling is already making a big difference thanks to the dedication of Nottinghamshire residents. Recycling is important, as it saves energy which helps the environment, so it’s great to keep up the good work! Recycle Week is an ideal time for everyone 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 Jim Creamer, Chairman of the County Council’s environment and sustainability committee said: “This week is a great reminder to think about all the things around the house which may be overlooked for recycling – as it all goes towards making our county even greener and making the best use of resources.”
There are many great benefits to recycling, as many materials can be recycled over and over again with no loss of quality. For example, in Nottinghamshire your recycling is taken to the Materials Recovery Facility where the materials are sorted and separated before being sent to manufacturers who make it into new products. This saves resources, helps the environment, reduces energy use and supports a thriving recycling economy.