Recycle more this week!

Recycling officers are encouraging local residents to try and make sure they’re recycling all they can this Recycle Week 2015.

Taking place up to 28 June, the nationwide Recycle Week initiative will see the theme of ‘recycling around the home’ help people to expand their recycling routine to all rooms in the house.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “Many households regularly recycle items like plastic milk bottles and glass bottles from the kitchen, but it’s also easy to recycle many other items from the bathroom, living room and the bedroom.”

The bathroom has a whole host of items that can be recycled such as cardboard toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes. 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. Plastic shampoo and moisturiser bottles can all be accepted for recycling, along with bleach and bathroom cleaner bottles. Please remember to leave all jar and bottle tops on including trigger spray and pump dispenser.

The bedroom is also home to a variety of recyclable items such as tissue boxes and old magazines.

In the living room, newspapers, windowless envelopes and cardboard packaging from postal orders can be recycled.

Although there’s a strong focus on the kitchen, there are a few items that sometimes get overlooked, such as breakfast cereal/dishwasher tablet/kitchen wrap boxes not to mention washing-up liquid bottles. Remember to look in the cupboard under the sink for plastic bleach and surface cleaner bottles which can also be recycled.

Merseyside’s household waste recycling rate is currently at 40%, but aims to hit 50% by 2020.

Councillor Graham Morgan continued: “During Recycle Week we want to thank everyone for their recycling efforts. What’s currently recycled makes a huge difference, so just imagine what else could be achieved by recycling those items that are sometimes forgotten. We want people to think a little further than the kitchen and recycle items from other rooms in the home.

“Everything you recycle brings real benefits. It comes back again and again as new stuff, saving resources and helping the environment. Drinks cans from around the home are recycled into new cans which can be back on the shelves in just eight weeks and plastic bottles can be turned into footy shirts, fleeces and new plastic bottles.”

For more information on what can be collected for recycling at your home collection or to find your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre see www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com.

Staff from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority are also out and about at events and festivals over the summer months throughout the region, offering advice and help to householders about recycling and waste prevention:

They include:

Liverpool Loves Food Hates Waste Thursday , 6 August Pier Head

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival Sat 19 / Sun 20 September Sefton Park, Liverpool