Recycle Week 2016

Recycle Week 2016

Who are The Unusual Suspects?

As part of Recycle Week’s campaign taking place between 12 – 18 September, a major hunt is underway for the ‘The Unusual Suspects’, many of which could be lurking in your home.

You may be familiar with the usual suspects – the plastic drinks bottles, food and drinks cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers for example. But to become true recycling masterminds, we need to be looking for suspects in the more unlikely places.

Many of us overlook items such as aerosol cans and toilet roll tubes – the evidence can be found in the rubbish bins. But Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has partnered with Recycle Now to help you spot and seize the unusual suspects in your home and bring them to justice in the recycling containers.

To increase the recycling rate, we want to help you to become in-house detectives. All you need to do is identify the unusual suspects, why they are getting away, and how we can bring more of them into the station – the recycling station.

Because the fact is - it’s become routine to recycle the usual suspects in our kitchens, but some items around the home, are escaping the recycling bin and slipping through the net.  

Can some items be saved and recycled? Then follow the trail to establish where the act took place. Was it in the bathroom while you were taking a shower? The bedroom when you were getting ready for work or taking the kids to school? Or even the lounge while watching TV? Once you’ve established the scene, look out for the unusual suspects - tissue boxes, shampoo and conditioner bottles, dishwasher tablet boxes and bleach bottles, and you may even be able to use your nose to sniff out specimens such as glass beauty crème pots, perfume and aftershave bottles and deodorant aerosol cans.

The final step – get some new recruits on the recycling squad in your home and when they spot those unusual suspects - escort them to the recycling containers.

But the question on many peoples’ lips is: recycling – what’s the motive? Take a look at the facts.

Toothpaste boxes for example – if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year. Or, if everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant aerosol can, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 151,000 homes for a year. And if you’ve still not reached a verdict, then even air freshener aerosol cans make a difference – if just one aluminium air freshener aerosol can is recycled by everyone in the UK, enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 876,000 homes for a year. Also, recycled plastic bottles can transform their identity to the point they are unrecognisable – children’s toys, t-shirts, fleeces, garden furniture – the list goes on.

Weigh up the evidence at and decide what goes in what bin.

WANTED - To see the full identity-parade of wanted unusual suspects, visit Recycle Now and find out what can be collected for recycling from your home. To find your nearest recycling bank, use our Recycling Locator tool.