Recycle Week 2016 – can you identify The Unusual Suspects?

Published: 5th September 2016

With Recycle Week 2016 to take place between 12 – 18 September, we want to thank residents of Fermanagh and Omagh District  for all the great recycling that’s being done, and to remind you about a few Unusual Suspects.

We know residents of Fermanagh and Omagh  recycle plastic drinks bottles, food and drink cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers, but ‘The Unusual Suspects’ such as aerosol cans, cleaning product bottles and toilet roll tubes; ‘The Unusual Suspects’  are often missed.

There are lots of places around the home that ‘The Unusual Suspects’ can be found – what’s hiding in the bathroom or bedroom? Paper and cardboard items such as cardboard toothpaste boxes and tissue boxes are lurking. If everyone in the UK recycled one cardboard toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.

Taking a shower? The unusual suspect might be in there with you. Plastic shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser bottles can be recycled too. In the kitchen the unusual suspects help to keep things clean – washing up liquid bottles, soap dispensers, bleach bottles and spray cleaners can all be recycled. Just remember, it’s best to remove the trigger spray and pump dispenser tops, as these aren’t currently recycled.

Anthea Owens, Recycling Education Officer, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said:

Recycling is already making a big difference thanks to the dedication of residents throughout the district. Recycling is important, as it saves energy which helps the environment, so it’s great to keep up the good work! Recycle Week is an ideal time for residents to really take a fresh look at their recycling habits, and to see if there are any opportunities to recycle even more items. There are lots of items that can be recycled, but some are lesser known or more ‘unusual’ than others, and so that’s what we’re trying to raise awareness of. Recycling saves resources, helps the environment, reduces energy use and supports a thriving recycling economy”.

Information on the disposal of over 300 household can be found on the Council’s “Bin-ovation” App.  To download the app go to the App store or Google Play and type “Bin-ovation” on your android or smart phone and follow the download instructions.

For further information or advice please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email the Recycling and Education Officer,

To find out more information or follow ‘The Unusual Suspects’, head to Recycle Now’s facebook page or website where the series will begin on 12  September.


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