Recycle Week: Find Out What Can Be Recycled From Your Home

Merton Council says there are lots of "unusual suspects" that can be recycled

Shampoo bottles, toothpaste tubes and empty bottles are all ‘unusual suspects’ that can be recycled as part of Recycle Week and beyond.

Merton Council is calling on residents this Recycle Week, which runs until Sunday (September 18), to cut the amount of waste they generate and to reuse and recycle whatever they can. This will minimise the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfills.

The more unusual, but still very recyclable items include:

  • aerosol cans – e.g. air fresheners and deodorants
  • toilet roll tubes
  • tissue boxes
  • shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • dishwasher tablet boxes
  • glass beauty crème pots
  • perfume bottles
  • bleach bottles,

Merton Council cabinet member for street cleanliness and parking Councillor Ross Garrod said: “I would urge everyone to recycle as much as they can. As well as checking your kitchen for the usual suspects, remember to check your bathroom, bedroom and lounge for the more unusual ones and add those to your recycling too.

“It’s amazing to think that 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.”

Recycle Week 2016 runs until Sunday 18 September. To find out more, visit

September 15, 2016