Recycle around the home during Recycle Week 2015

Published on: Friday, 19-June-2015

The theme of this year’s Recycle Week (22 – 28 June) is recycling around the home, so to help Knowsley residents get into the recycling habit, the council has produced a five day, room by room guide, itemising everyday household items which can be recycled in the borough.
There are also some top tips for disposing of other items which can’t go in the grey recycling bin.

All of these items can be recycled:

Monday – Recycling in the bathroom

  • Glass air freshener bottles
  • Plastic bathroom cleaner and bleach bottles
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Toilet roll cardboard tubes
  • Mouthwash bottles
  • Plastic shampoo, conditioner, shower gel bottles and sun tan lotion bottles

*Old towels are welcome at the RSPCA or Dogs Trust

Tuesday – Recycling in the bedroom

  • Glass cosmetics jars and skincare bottles
  • Glass perfume and aftershave bottles
  • Cardboard tissue boxes
  • Cardboard, paper shopping bags and shoe boxes,

*Old clothes and paired shoes can be donated to charity shops.

Wednesday – Recycling in the living room

  • Newspapers, magazines and catalogues
  • Cardboard tissue boxes

What about old furniture and electrical goods? Unwanted furniture can be advertised for free on websites such as Freecycle and Freegle – or donated to a charity shop. Search online for companies that will exchange old electrical items for cash, or sell them on websites like eBay, Gumtree and Preloved

*Batteries can be recycled in the Council’s One Stop Shops or at any shop selling batteries. 

Thursday – Recycling in the kitchen

  • Glass - food jars and bottles
  • Food and drinks cans
  • Plastic water, drinks and milk bottles 
  • Plastic detergent bottles
  • Cardboard packaging, cereal boxes and cardboard trays.

How about having a composting caddy in your kitchen, for recycling organic food waste, such as peelings, tea bags and egg shells - phone 0151 443 2485 for information.

Friday – Recycling in the garage or shed

  • Cardboard boxes, newspapers and glass jars.

Items such as car batteries, engine oil, broken electrical items and wood can be recycled, but ONLY at the Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Huyton or Kirkby (HWRCs). Unwanted but usable bicycles can be donated to Pedal Away Knowsley by contacting Kevin McCann on 07971476520.

Cllr Christina O’Hare, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “We have come up with this guide to help people realise just how many everyday items can be recycled. It’s about the simple actions everyone can take to help reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and reduce the burden of landfill tax.

“We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone for their recycling efforts so far and hope they keep up the good work to help us reach our target to recycle 50% of our waste by 2020.”

For more information about your recycling service – or to pass on any recycling tips - contact Knowsley Council’s Environment Team on 0151 443 2485 or visit