Residents are passionate about tackling plastic but are not sure what can be recycled waste new figures show.

A survey from consumer campaign London Recycles shows 90 per cent of Waltham Forest residents are committed to reducing plastic waste.

Almost half of Waltham Forest residents carry reusable water bottles and keep cuts to reduce plastic waste, with 86 per cent saying their knowledge of single-use plastic to avoid when out is good, very good or excellent.

Public awareness of the environmental impacts of plastic is at a high, prompted in part to programmes such as Blue Planet from the BBC.

But in spite of that, 39 per cent of the Waltham Forest residents are wrong or unsure about what they can recycle at home.

While, 36 per cent are unsure or falsely believe spray cleaner bottles cannot be recycled.

While 46 per cent believe toothpaste tubes are recyclable when they are not.

Additionally, 32 per cent and 36 per cent incorrectly believe plastic trays and plastic shampoo bottles respectively cannot be recycled.

To help the borough recycle more, London Recycles yesterday launched a digital campaign called #knowyourplastic aimed to educate the public about how to recycle more effectively.

Recycle for London campaign manager Ali Moore said: "“It’s fantastic to see Waltham Forest’s commitment to reducing plastic waste, but many are missing out on simple, free steps that can be taken at home.

"We’re encouraging everyone in Waltham Forest to have a look at our #knowyourplastic campaign to get super-confident about what plastics can and can’t be recycled.

"With 24% of Waltham Forest residents having checked which plastic items they can recycle at home, it’s clear that we could definitely do more to recycle plastics and keep them out of the environment.”

There is a gap between Waltham Forest's concern for plastics on the go and at home, with 30 per cent advising friends to recycle more plastic at home or helping to explain what can be recycled.

Additionally, 42 per cent had advised others to buy reusable water bottles to cut down plastic waste.

While 76 per cent had made changes to their plastic recycling at home, only 24 per cent had checked with their council to confirm what plastics could recycled.

Recent estimates show 103,000 tonnes of plastic packaging are thrown out over the Christmas period, rather than being recycled.

One thousand adults living in London were surveyed.

London Recycles underpins the capital's push towards 65 per cent recycling by 2030.