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How to Recycle

How to recycle more from the bathroom

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More and more people are recycling items from all around the home. In the bathroom, we use plastic in all shapes and sizes, most of which can be recycled. Are you recycling your shampoo bottles? 86% of us do but there's always room to recycle more.

Top 10 things everyone can recycle from the bathroom

Here's ten items that can (and should) be recycled from the bathroom.

  1. 1

    Shampoo bottles

  2. 2

    Conditioner bottles

  3. 3

    Shower gel and bubble bath bottles

  4. 4

    Cardboard boxes such as toothpaste or soap boxes

  5. 5

    Toilet roll tubes

  6. 6

    Bathroom cleaner and bleach bottles, including any spray dispensers

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  8. 8

    Shaving foam

  9. 9

    Hand soap bottles, with the pump dispenser removed and thrown away

  10. 10

    Moisturiser bottles

Good to know

If everyone in the UK recycled one bathroom cleaner bottle, enough energy could be saved to vacuum around 82,460 homes.

Five hacks to help you keep your bathroom recycling in check

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    Hang a bag on the back of the door - why not hang a stylish bag on a hook or the door handle if you are short of space?

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    Hide your empties away in a cupboard or drawer - stow your empties in a cupboard or drawer until you’ve collected enough to take them to the main recycling bin.

  3. 3

    Grab a second bin - make use of that wasted space under the sink and get a bathroom recycling bin.

  4. 4

    Re-purpose a basket or box - turn a pretty box into a bathroom recycling bin.

  5. 5

    Want it sorted right now? If you prefer to get rid of your empties asap, pop them on the landing or in the dirty laundry basket as soon as you empty them and take them to the recycling bin next time you’re heading downstairs.

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