This week (22-29 June) is Recycle Week and this year the theme is ‘recycling around the home’. Most of us remember to recycle items from the kitchen like bottles and jars, but it’s easy to forget about the items that can be recycled from the other rooms in our homes. So read on for a room by room tour highlighting what items you can recycle – just click on the links for more information about how and where you can recycle these things locally in Aberdeen.
Recycling from the kitchen
The kitchen is a recycling treasure trove! Tins, cans, jars, plastic bottles, glass bottles (including the tops) and foil can go in your black box or in shared mixed recycling bins. One thing that people don’t often realise is that ANY plastic bottles can be recycled. This includes washing up liquid, cleaning product and fabric conditioner bottles so once they are empty just give them a quick rinse out and recycle them along with your other plastic bottles.
Cardboard such as kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes, food packets and washing powder boxes can go in your kerbside recycling bag or in communal paper and cardboard recycling or mixed recycling bins on the street.
Food can be recycled too, either in your brown wheelie bin or in communal food recycling bins – you can use them to recycle all cooked and uncooked food waste, leftovers from meals, leftovers from preparing meals or out of date food from the fridge or cupboards.
Finally, if your kettle has run out of steam, don’t just throw it away! Small electrical items such as kettles and toasters can be recycled in the special recycling bins for waste electrical and electronic items (WEEE) at some supermarket recycling points or at any Recycling Centre in Aberdeen.
Recycling from the living room
There is no doubt lots of paper lying around in your living room that can be recycled – magazines, brochures, junk mail, greeting cards, envelopes (remove plastic windows first), tissue boxes and so on. All paper and cardboard can be recycled in your kerbside recycling bag or in communal paper and cardboard recycling or mixed recycling bins on the street.
Whether you’ve enjoyed a party or just a night in front of the TV, remember to recycle wine bottles, drinks cans and sweetie tins in your black box or in mixed recycling bins.
Any flowers or plants that are past their best can go in your brown wheelie bin if you have one.
When your energy saving lightbulbs and the batteries in the TV remote stop working, you can recycle them too – take them along to the recycling point at Sainsbury’s Berryden or any Recycling Centre. Some shops also collect batteries for recycling.
Recycling from the bathroom
The bathroom contains lots of items that can easily be recycled. Plastic bottles for shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, mouthwash, handwash and so on can be recycled in your black box or in shared mixed recycling bins. And don’t forget to recycle your bathroom cleaning product bottles too!
You can also recycle empty aerosol cans, such as those for hairspray, deodorant or shaving foam, in the same way.
You can recycle cardboard such as toilet roll tubes, tissue boxes, and packaging for toothpaste, razors and cosmetics in your kerbside recycling bag, communal paper and cardboard recycling bins, or mixed recycling bins, depending on the service in your area.
Electric toothbrushes can go in the recycling bins for small electrical items at some supermarket recycling points and textiles, such as towels, can be recycled at some recycling points and all Recycling Centres in Aberdeen.
Recycling from the bedroom
You might not think that there is a lot of recyclable paper in your bedroom but even small items like clothes tags, receipts and packaging from cosmetics and perfume can be recycled. Put these in your kerbside recycling bag, or in one of the communal bins for paper and cardboard or mixed recycling.
Any empty perfume or cosmetics bottles can also go in the mixed recycling bins or in your black box if you have kerbside recycling.
If you have any clothes, shoes, bags and other textiles such as bedding that you don’t want any more but are still in good condition, pass them on to charity through the textiles recycling banks at recycling points.
And finally, you can take electrical items like hairdryers, lamps, and mobile phones to the recycling bins for small electrical items at some supermarket recycling points.
All this just goes to show just how many of the items that we use around our homes can actually be recycled. Is there more recycling in your home than you realised? Will you be recycling any extra items now? Or if you recycle anything else from around your home that we’ve missed on our whistle-stop tour then please let us know! Finally, thanks to colleagues at Aberdeenshire Council for the use of their Room to Recycle photos.