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Council says ‘thank you’ to mark Recycle Week

This week is Recycle Week, the annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. Organised by WRAP, it runs from 21 to 27 September.

Central Bedfordshire Council is thanking residents for continuing to recycle as much as possible during the pandemic. Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services, said:

“Despite everything that has happened over the last six months our residents are still taking responsibility and choosing to recycle more.

“We have seen an increase in recycling at our glass bottle banks, as our committed residents have been filling them so often that we have had to increase our emptying schedule to keep up with demand.

“It’s clear to me that our residents care a great deal about the environment and recycling. Whilst many people are diligent recyclers, we need to do more to improve this.”

Recycling just one item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way and means that materials can be reused for a longer lifespan.

As part of Recycle Week, the council wants to help people recycle more by knowing which items can be recycled. It has created a short video to show examples of some plastics which can and can’t go in the recycling bin. Councillor Ian Dalgarno said:

“Recycling is something we can all do, wherever we live and when completed by many people it can really help make a huge change to protect our environment.

“We are current distributing garden waste bins to replace the sacks previously available to residents in the north of Central Bedfordshire and we will be rolling out food waste bins to those in the south later this year.

“We’re making every effort to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle as much of their waste as possible.”

More information on recycling in Central Bedfordshire can be found on the council’s website or the Central Bedfordshire Waste Service Facebook page.