Recycle Week 2016


Recycle Week is part of the national Recycle Now initiative managed and funded by WRAP, an organisation that promotes resource sustainability, which is used by over 90 per cent of English local authorities.

Now in its 13th year Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, with this year’s theme being ‘The Unusual Suspects’. The aim of the week is to encourage people to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home.
Recycle Week 2016 will encourage people to recycle more by:

  • Highlighting the unusual items that often get forgotten about when recycling around the home
  • Showing the benefits that come from recycling
  • Motivating them to do more
  • Demonstrating how to be an effective recycler

Do you know who the Unusual Suspects are?

The Unusual Suspects include recycled plastic drinks bottles, drink cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers, but items such as aerosol cans, foil trays, beauty crème jars and toilet roll tubes and they are often missed.

Paper and cardboard items such as toothpaste boxes and tissue boxes are lurking. 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.

Don’t forget your perfume or aftershave bottles; because the glass from your little scented bottles is also recyclable.

Taking a shower? Remember plastic shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser bottles can be recycled too.

In the kitchen, the unusual suspects help to keep things clean – washing up liquid bottles, soap dispensers, bleach bottles and spray cleaners can all be recycled.


The campaign was originally scheduled for June but clashed with the EU Referendum and so was postponed until September.

It will now work in partnership with other waste reduction awareness campaigns taking part in September, such as Zero Waste Week and Keep Britain Tidy’s Waste Less, Live More week to link activities and messages across the whole month.

You can find out more about Recycle Week 2016 here.

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