Recycle Week

About Recycle Week

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of, and encourage increased participation in recycling. It is organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand and will take place this year in the last week of September (25th September – 1st October).

Look good and feel good this Recycle Week

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Bath and North East Somerset Council is teaming up with Recycle Now this Recycle Week to encourage the UK to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished body lotion bottles.

While we all do our bit to recycle what we can, certain items around the house can somehow evade the recycling bin. Recycling just a few more items can make a big difference – and the bathroom is a good place to start. In the UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom. In fact, new research from Recycle Now found that nearly half (49%) of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols including deodorant and hairspray from the bedroom or bathroom.

While recycling may feel like a chore, the benefits of recycling are seemingly endless – what goes around comes around, after all! That’s why this Recycle Week, Bath and North East Somerset Council is highlighting the benefits of recycling – for the environment and for our local community.


Look out for our roadshows during recycle week click here to find out where we'll be.  The roadshows will give people the chance to find out about the changes to every other week rubbish collections as well as viewing the new wheeled bin.  We'll also be able to give more general hints and tips about recycling, food waste and composting.

Find out more about national Recycle Week or like us on our facebook page.

Reminders and top tips for recycling around the home using your green box and blue bag.


Items that can be recycled include cardboard toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes, plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles, liquid soap, bleach and bathroom cleaner bottles.
Top tip: Put a bag or bin in your bathroom just for recycling.


Items that can be recycled include deodorant aerosols,perfume bottles and tissue boxes. Small electrical items such as hair dryers and shavers too – just put them in a carrier bag next to your green recycling box.
Top tip: Put a bin in your bedroom for recycling magazines and tissue boxes.

Living room

Don’t forget to recycle newspapers, magazines, envelopes, foil takeaway trays and cardboard packaging from online orders.
Top tip: Squash cans and plastic bottles and flatten boxes to save space in your green recycling box.


Although most people remember to recycle in the kitchen there are a few items that sometimes get overlooked, such as breakfast cereal, dishwasher tablets and kitchen wrap boxes, and washing-up liquid bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays too. Plastic bleach and surface cleaner bottles can also be recycled.
Top tip: Rinse your plastic bottles, cans, food containers, trays and cartons in your washing-up water before putting in your green box.

Find out more details about what you can recycle from home

Everything you recycle brings real benefits. It comes back again and again as new things, saving resources and helping the environment. See what happens to your recycling.


Did you know?

  • Drinks cans are recycled into new cans which can be back on shop shelves in just 8 weeks.
  • Plastic bottles can be turned into footy shirts, fleeces and new plastic bottles.
  • If everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy for over 2,000 homes to each run a fridge for a year.
  • Paper and card can be recycled into loft insulation.
  • If one aluminium air freshener aerosol can was recycled by everyone in the UK, enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 870,000 homes for a year.

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