Do you recycle these unusual suspects?


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Normally I’m out and about helping residents all over the Borough, but as I had a few days holiday this week and I thought I’d better clean up my own house. It’s looking quite the mess with the whole family being home for the summer holidays.

But I wasn’t walking around filling up black bin bags all day. There are so many things in our homes that can be recycled and I thought I’d tell you about a few of the more unusual ones we found.

We all know about the basics: plastic drinks bottles, cardboard boxes and glass, but you might be surprised at a few of the things you see every day that can be recycled too.

Shampoo and cleaning bottles are a great example. Just wash them out and they can go straight into your clear recycling bag with your plastic drinks bottles. Glass sauce jars, perfume bottles and beauty cream pots are just the same as jam jars and glass bottles and can be recycled in your green box. Cardboard is everywhere, especially when you’re looking for it. Don’t throw away the boxes for toothpaste and batteries, toilet rolls and even chocolates, they can all be recycled in your clear recycling bags. Find out more about what can and can’t be recycled on our website.

There’s even more that can go to your local recycling centre, from aerosol cans to old tyres. Be sure to use our easy look up to find your local centre and what they recycle.

I’ve even been getting my son involved. We’ve signed up to take the Home Recycling Challenge on the Recycle Now website. He loves the Busta and Pong videos and he’s running around the house right now trying to find all sorts of cardboard and plastic so he can complete his Challenge poster sheet. There’s even the chance to win an iPad, exclusive Top Trumps or a Busta toy.

Finding and recycling these more unusual items from your home really makes a difference. Recycling just one fizzy drink can saves enough energy to power a television for around four hours and old plastic bottles can be turned into almost anything, from t-shirts to furniture and children’s toys too.

I’d love to see what you’ve been recycling around your home and let me know if you are taking the Recycling Challenge too. In the meantime, and like always, keeeep recycling!

4 thoughts on “Do you recycle these unusual suspects?

  1. Sandie Keeble

    I have some old baking tins which have rusted (being passed down from my mother so are quite old). Can they be put in with the cans etc?


    • Hi Sandie,
      What a great question – thanks for sending it in – I take it your not a keen baker then? I love a bit of baking, especially carrot cake – mmm…you just can’t beat it. But back to your question…unfortunately they can’t go into your Green Box for kerbside collection as they are classed as ‘scrap metal’. You can however recycle them at your local Essex County Council Recycling Centre by putting them into bin marked as ‘metal’. You can find your nearest Recycling Centre using your postcode here.


  2. Annie

    Hi Reece – Can I put Tetrapaks in the clear bag with the plastics? What about the Sainsbury’s juice cartons which are labeled Purepak? And can I leave the plastic spouts on them? Thank you.


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