Seven eye-opening facts that prove your bathroom could help Wales reach its recycling target
Thought your bathroom was just a spot for a quick wash? Think again
Your bathroom, what’s it to you? Where you freshen up before a day’s work? Where you unwind in the tub with candles and bubbles in the cold winter months? Maybe that last one’s just us.
What you probably don’t realise is that there are Unusual Suspects lurking in your bathroom which could be the key to Wales reaching its target of recycling 64 per cent of all household waste.
Wales has already achieved record-breaking recycling levels of 60 per cent, but Recycle for Wales is hoping people everywhere will dust off their detective skills and round up their homes’ Unusual Suspects to help crack the recycling case.
You can find out more about your bathroom’s Unusual Suspects, and the rest taking cover all around your home, here.
The Unusual Suspects are a band of household items flying under your radar, creeping into your waste instead of the recycling bin, and lots of them are hiding out in your bathroom.
Here's how the Unusual Suspects lurking in your bathroom could power up the planet, circle the globe or be transformed into something amazing.
1. Recycling can get you cake
What’s better than cake? More cake. Recycling one hand soap dispenser every month for a year saves enough energy to bake two birthday cakes! One for you, and one for…you?
2. Bleach bottles could be powering your street lights...
Did you know plastic bleach bottles can take up to 500 years to decompose in landfill? Recycling one bleach bottle saves enough energy to power a street light for over six hours.
3. ...and deodorant cans, your TV
If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant can, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 151,000 homes for a year. That’s a year’s worth of Fireman Sam for the populations of Pontypridd and TonyPandy four times over. Great fires of London! as Sam would say!
4. Shower gel bottles could help with your breakfast
Recycling one shower gel bottle saves enough energy to toast nearly three rounds of bread. From the shower to breakfast time in one easy step! Jam and marmalade at the ready!
5. Bleach bottles are out of this world
Does bathroom recycling seem alien to you? Just make some space for it and leave it at the front door once a week! If every UK household recycled an extra bleach bottle, laid out side by side, the bottles could reach the @Space_Station and back 10 times!
6. Going to the toilet can help charge your smartphone
No, really... Recycling one toilet roll tube saves enough energy to charge nearly two smartphones. Next time you use your phone, remember, it may have been charged by your toilet visits!
7. Deodorant cans could be keeping your house clean
If everyone in the UK recycled one deodorant can, enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 480,000 homes for a year. That’s almost 3 years’ worth of vacuuming for every household in Wales!
For more information about your bathroom’s Unusual Suspects and those lurking around your home, visit www.recycleforwales.org.uk/unusualsuspects.