#EverybodyThink – a little bit of recycling makes a big difference

Barnsley Council is continuing to support Recycle Week (Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October).

This year, the council is encouraging everybody to think and to give their recycling habits the once over to make sure they’re really recycling everything they can - from all over the home, every day.

Research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 90 per cent of packaging in the UK is recycled from the kitchen - compared to just over 50 per cent from the bathroom. Barnsley residents are being encouraged to head straight for the bathroom to ‘freshen up’ their recycling habits. Many bathroom items are often forgotten about to be recycled including toilet roll tubes, shampoo and shower gel bottles, cleaning bottles, toothpaste boxes and medicine bottles.

Residents are also encouraged to give their recycling habits a ‘makeover’ in the bedroom - with over a third of the UK’s population being guilty of not always bothering to recycle glass such as perfume or aftershave bottles. The bedroom is full of items that can be recycled including cosmetic bottles or jars, hair gel or lip balm tins, old shoe boxes and more. The council is keen to highlight that little things really do make a difference:

  • If every household in Barnsley recycled two more toilet roll tubes, it would save enough energy to power a local primary school for three days.
  • If every household in Barnsley recycled one more hand soap dispenser, it would save enough energy to power Barnsley Hospital for eight days.
  • If every household in Barnsley recycled one more bleach bottle, it would save enough energy to power a local primary school for 28 days – that’s nearly six weeks of school!

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “Recycle Week is a great reminder for us to review our recycling habits and recycle that little bit more. Everyone can help to improve recycling in Barnsley by making small changes and sorting waste into the correct bin each week.”

Head of Recycle Now, Linda Crichton, said: “Many of us have our daily bathroom routines in place and during Recycle Week, we are looking to shake up those routines and let people know that they can do good for the environment they live in, in the process of looking good.”

Follow Barnsley’s recycling hints and tips by visiting www.facebook.com/BarnsleyCouncil or www.twitter.com/BarnsleyCouncil and searching the hashtag #EverybodyThink.

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