Wealden District Council

Recycling is worth it

Media Release : 20 September 2017

Wealden District Council is supporting this year’s National Recycle Week campaign, which takes place from 25 September – 1 October.

Recycling week 2017

The theme of this year’s campaign is Recycling – It’s Worth It, highlighting the benefits of recycling – for the environment and for our local community.
Wealden residents helped to recycle an impressive 31,289 tonnes of waste in 2016/17. This equates to a recycling rate of 52% making Wealden District the best performing recycling authority in East Sussex.
“We would like to wholeheartedly thank the residents of Wealden for all of their efforts in helping to reach the 50% milestone and to go beyond this,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden’s portfolio holder for Waste. “However, we would like to do even better. We are very proud of residents and hope that in the future even more residents embrace the recycling ethos.”
While we all do our bit to recycle what we can, certain items around the house are still evading the recycling bin.
According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), a particular culprit is the bathroom.  Whilst we are recycling almost all (90%) of the packaging in our kitchens, we only recycle just over half (52%) of the items in our bathrooms.
Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Wealden District Council is encouraging residents to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty deodorants and finished-with fragrances.
In fact Recycle Now has calculated that if everyone in Wealden recycled one more deodorant spray, it would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for 69 days.

While recycling may feel like a chore, its benefits are seemingly endless. 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 in items such as parts of your mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can – what goes around comes around!

Here’s some top bathroom recycling tips:


• Where possible empty and rinse containers and separate the lids/tops before they go in the recycling bin.

• Pump dispensers and trigger sprays are not recyclable and should be put in your refuse bin.

• Flatten toothpaste boxes and toilet roll tubes.

• Have another recycling bin or box in your bathroom to make recycling an easy part of your routine.


For more information of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house, refer to your recycling calendar or visit our website www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling and click on the ‘What goes in each container’ link for a detailed list of what is, and isn’t collected.