Break the bad habits: Recycle your bathroom waste, Watford!

What goes around comes around: Watford Borough Council in partnership with Veolia is encouraging Watford residents to look and feel good this Recycle Week.

Published: Monday, 25th September 2017
  • New Recycle Now research reveals the amount of recyclable bathroom items evading the recycling bin. 
  • Only 52% of bathroom items go in the recycling bin in UK homes.
  • If everyone in Watford recycled one more deodorant spray, this would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for 33 days.

Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Watford Borough Council and Veolia are teaming up with Recycle Now this Recycle Week to encourage residents to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants, shampoo and shower gel bottles in their blue-lidded wheelie bin.

In the UK, almost 90 per cent of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52 per cent) of items are recycled in the bathroom. New research from Recycle Now found that nearly half (49 per cent) of the UK population admit to not always recycling their aerosols including deodorant and hairspray from the bedroom or bathroom. The research also found that over a third (38 per cent) of the UK population say they don’t always recycle glass items in the bedroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty.

This Recycle Week, Watford Borough Council and their partner Veolia are asking residents to rethink their bathroom routines by highlighting the benefits of recycling these items for Watford and demonstrating that what goes around comes around!

Aerosols such as deodorants and hair sprays can be recycled again and again without any loss in quality, so you may see them come back as parts of your mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can - what goes around comes around!

Deputy Mayor Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services, said: "Like most Watford residents I always make sure that I recycle paper, tins and bottles. However, it is easy to forget a lot of bathroom items can be recycled too – shampoo bottles, toothpaste boxes and shower gel containers can all go in our blue-lidded bins."

Recycle Now’s top bathroom recycling tips:

  • Where possible empty and rinse containers before they go in the recycling bin
  • Put caps and lids back on your glass containers before recycling
  • Mirrors and nail varnish bottles are not recyclable and should be put in your general waste

For more information about your local recycling scheme, including details of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house, visit

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