Can you identify The Unusual Suspects?

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A major hunt is underway for The Unusual Suspects, many of which could be lurking in your home!

Recycle Week 2016 runs from 12-18 September 2016. We want to thank our residents for all their great recycling, and to tell you about a few Unusual Suspects.

Wanted for recycling - the unusual suspects

The Unusual Suspects

We know residents recycle plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers, but the following Unusual Suspects are often missed.

  • Aerosol cans
  • Foil trays
  • Beauty cream jars
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Toothpaste boxes and tissue boxes
  • Perfume or aftershave bottles
  • Plastic shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser bottles
  • Washing up liquid bottles, soap dispensers, bleach bottles and spray cleaners

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.

Don’t forget your perfume or aftershave bottles – the glass from all your little scented bottles is recyclable.

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.

Recycling is important

Councillor Will Breare-Hall Environment Portfolio holder said: ”Thanks to the dedication of the district’s residents, Epping Forest is one of the country’s top recycling authorities. Recycling is an important way of helping protect and improve the environment, so we all need to keep up the good work.”

”Recycle Week is an ideal time for Epping Forest district residents to take a fresh look at their recycling habits, to see if there are any opportunities for them to recycle even more. There are lots of items that can be recycled, but some are lesser known or more ‘unusual’ than others. It’s these that we’re trying to raise awareness of.”

Many benefits to recycling

There are many great benefits to recycling, as many materials can be recycled over and over again with no loss of quality.

In the Epping Forest district your recycling is taken to Biffa’s recycling sorting facility in Edmonton where the materials from residents clear sacks are sorted and separated into different types of materials 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.

Find out more about The Unusual Suspects