Recycle week

Recycle week 2017 - it's worth it!

Recycle for Essex is urging residents to rethink their recycling habits during national Recycle Week 2017 after new research revealed almost half are not recycling aerosols.

Recycle Now research found 49% of people do not always recycle their aerosols, but if everyone in Essex recycled one extra can it would be enough to power a primary school for 572 days.

Almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom.

New research from Recycle Now, the national recycling charity, says almost half of residents admit to not always recycling their aerosols while over a third (38%) don’t always recycle glass items in the bathroom, such as aftershave and perfume bottles once they are empty.

Aerosols such as deodorants and hair sprays can be recycled again and again without any loss in quality, so you may see them come back as parts of your mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can.

Recycling just three empty deodorant cans can save enough energy to power a shower for eight minutes or a home sound system for 32 hours!

Recycle for Essex’s top recycling tips... 
  • Empty and rinse your kitchen recyclables- a quick rise will do!
  • Remove plastic lids from aerosols and place both items in your recycling 
  • Leave labels and lids on your plastics and wash and squash… every bottle counts 
  • For more information about your local recycling scheme, including details of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house, visit

Recycle Week - 25 September to 1 October 2017

For more videos on how to recycle items from around the home visit: You Tube - How to recycle