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Don't Forget the Bathroom When Recycling

Thomas and Harriet Stott, and Harvey Hall (left), of Chipping
Thomas and Harriet Stott, and Harvey Hall (left), of Chipping
Published Friday, 24 October 2014

It might be the smallest room in the house, but it generates the most waste – in more ways than one.

Now Ribble Valley Borough Council is asking residents to recycle waste paper and cardboard from the bathroom.

Recent studies show that of the households routinely recycling waste paper only 20 per cent are recycling bathroom products.

Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community committee, said: “Households are clearly recycling newspapers and magazines, but how many recycle toiletry packaging and loo roll inners?

“Bathroom products make up a substantial percentage of household waste, yet studies have revealed that residents who do routinely recycle may be overlooking toiletries.

“So we are calling on Ribble Valley households to help us keep our valley clean by boosting their bathroom cardboard recycling.”

Bathroom cardboard products that can be recycled: Toilet roll inners and packaging from soap, toothpaste and over-the-counter medicines.

Other bathroom products that can be recycled: Plastic shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, shower gel, contact lens fluid, baby powder and mouthwash bottles (please rinse them out first).

Bathroom products that cannot be recycled: Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and the tops from pump-action bottles.

White sacks for waste paper recycling are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

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