Recycle Week

60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago

As part of Recycle Week (24-30 September), Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is asking residents to take recycling into their own hands and take action to protect our environment.

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. It is organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand.

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago, due to environmental concerns. However, it also revealed that some households continue to place certain plastic items that we can’t accept in their recycling bin.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services, said:

“This year it seems the public has taken more notice of the impact on the environment and recycling at home is something everyone can do to help. Here in Central Bedfordshire we want to help people to recycle right and that’s why we’ve produced a short video to show examples of some plastics which can and can’t go in the recycling bin.

“Not only is recycling the right thing to do for environmental reasons, it is also the most cost-effective way of disposing of our waste. Disposing of recycling is cheaper than the cost of disposing of black bin waste.”

Here are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling efforts even better:

  • Recycle more of these plastic items: drink bottles, detergent bottles, margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, food trays (but not black plastic ones), food containers, clingfilm, fruit and vegetable punnets, shampoo and skincare bottles. Simply give the items a quick rinse so that they are clean before placing them inside your recycling bin
  • Make sure these plastics never go in the recycling bin: black plastics, disposable nappies, bubble wrap, plastic/foil tablet blister packs, hard plastics such as CD cases, flowerpots and children’s toys

What and how we recycle really matters

Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

For more information about what items you can and can’t recycle from around the home, visit CBC’s Waste Facebook page.