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Hunt out the ‘Unusual Suspects’ for Recycle Week

Recycle Week, the annual celebration of all things recycling, takes place from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 September. This year residents are being asked to be on the hunt for the ‘unusual suspects’ – the items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home.

Most of us are used to recycling items such as plastic drink bottles, food and drink cans, jam cars and newspapers. However, there are also a number of everyday items that can be recycled which you may not be aware of, such as toothpaste boxes, aerosol cans and aftershave and perfume bottles. If everyone in the UK recycled just one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes a year.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We all need to do our bit to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill. Up to 70 per cent of household waste can be recycled, so have a look around the home and see if there are any items that are slipping through the net. Even the smallest changes can help to make a big difference.”

To help you track down the unusual suspects the Council’s recycling team will be out and about during the week with their pop-up bathroom and living room. There will also be a game you can play to help you discover more items which can be recycled. You can meet the team on the following dates and locations – 

  •          The Mall, Walthamstow – Saturday 10 September, 10am to 4pm

  •          Highams Park square, outside Tesco superstore – Monday 12 September, 10am to 4pm

  •          Town Square, Walthamstow – Tuesday 13 September, 10am to 4pm

  •          Asda, Leyton Mills – Wednesday 14 September, 10am to 4pm

  •          Leytonstone, outside tube station – Thursday 15 September, 10am to 4pm

  •          Town Square, Walthamstow – Friday 16 September, 10am to 4pm

Local community group Significant Seams will be hosting a free Reuse and Recycle Workshop on Saturday 17 September 1pm to 4pm at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, in collaboration with the Council and Resource London. Those who attend will learn useful techniques to make their clothes last longer, such as replacing buttons, patching and repairing hems. There will also be demonstrations on re-working and up-cycling clothes to give them a new lease of life. The workshop is free but you must register in advance at

Sunday 18 September will see a Waste Less, Lunch Free event take place at St John the Baptist Church, High Road, Leytonstone, from 11am-3pm. Those passing by will be offered a delicious free lunch made up of recipes from the North London Food Lovers Cookbook. There will also be cookery demonstrations and advice on preventing and recycling food waste.

 You can also test your recycling knowledge during Recycle Week and be in with a chance of winning vouchers to spend at the Second Time Around shop at the Kings Road Recycling Centre (Kings Road, Chingford, E4 7HR). To take the quiz go to

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