Don’t forget to recycle bathroom products

Don’t forget to recycle bathroom products


Many of us are experts at recycling items used in the kitchen but not so good at recycling bathroom products.

West Sussex County Council asks today: “You’ve just used up your shower gel, but where does the empty bottle go?”

There is mounting evidence bathroom  items that could be recycled are instead ending up in landfill.

This October West Sussex County Council calls on people to change their disposal  habits of bathroom products to help increase recycling in West Sussex.

The County Council suggests some simple steps. Instead of having one rubbish bin in your bathroom, why not include a small bin for all recyclable bathroom item.  Alternatively put items in your kitchen recycle bin as soon as they are empty.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services, Lionel Barnard, said: “It’s easy to forget empty shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath bottles, along with deodorant cans, hairspray cans and glass cosmetic bottles to name a few as well as cardboard toilet roll tubes!

“Don’t forget all of these can go into your recycling bin, but when they do remember to make sure all of your items are clean, dry and loose.”

You can also recycle empty glass perfume bottles and glass cosmetic jars, so check your dressing table for any empties and give them a quick rinse and drain before placing them in the recycling bin.

For more recycling tips visit the Recycle for West Sussex website or share your ideas on recycling on Twitter at #wsrecycling.

A handy list of items you can recycle from your bathroom:

  • Plastics bottles: Shampoo, bubble bath, liquid soap, bathroom cleaners bottles.
  • Cardboard: Toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes, cardboard packets from products like toothpaste boxes.
  • Aerosol cans: Shaving foam, hairspray, deodorant, air freshener cans.
  • Glass bottles / jars: perfume bottles, oil bottles, moisturiser and cosmetic jars.