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Make bathroom recycling a regular habit

People are being urged to get into the habit of recycling more bathroom items to help take Lancashire’s recycling rates to the next level.

A national study has found that making the extra effort to put bottles and packaging from the bathroom in the right bin is one of the best things people can do to boost recycling.

After a decade of strong growth, UK household recycling rates have levelled off, with Lancashire residents recycling 45.7% in 2016/17.

Lancashire County Council is supporting a campaign which aims to get recycling rates on the up again by asking everyone to adopt a simple system to make bathroom recycling an everyday habit.

County Councillor Charlie Edwards, lead member for health and adult services, said: “Everybody has an important part to play by making some small changes if we are to conserve our beautiful planet.

“We know people find it more difficult to recycle bathroom items, but we’re asking them to make the extra effort as the benefits would be really big.

“Most of us are in the habit of recycling in the kitchen as that’s where we have room for separate recycling bins, but nearly 4 in 10 people say they don’t always recycle bathroom items, and all those useful things that could be recycled end up in landfill.

“So much in the bathroom can be recycled – plastic shower gel and shampoo bottles, spray cleaner and bleach bottles, aerosol cans, and cardboard toothpaste boxes and toilet roll tubes. If more people recycled these things it could really make a difference and take Lancashire’ recycling rates to the next level.

“There are some very simple things we can do to make it easy to recycle in the bathroom. These include hanging a bag on the bathroom door or putting items in a cupboard or drawer until there’s enough to take to the recycling bin. You could also repurpose a nice box or basket to collect your empties, get a small bathroom recycling bin, or simply leave them on the landing and take them to the main recycling bin next time you’re passing.”

Lancashire County Council is supporting the Recycle Now campaign by national recycling charity WRAP to raise awareness of everything that can be recycled from our bathrooms. You can find out more at www.lancashire.gov.uk/waste.

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