Gloucestershire's local authorities support this year's national recycling campaign.
‘Take recycling into your own hands’ - the theme of this year’s Recycle Week asks us all to get involved!
Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team is urging residents across the county to get behind this year’s national Recycle Week (23-29 September).
Delivered by Recycle Now on behalf of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Recycle Week aims to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling and this year the campaign is challenging everyone in the UK to ‘take recycling into their own hands’ and to get their recycling right to protect the environment.
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago because of environmental concerns.
Inspired by programmes such as ‘Our Planet’ and global figureheads such as Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough – it seems looking after the environment has never been so important to the nation.
Wayne Lewis, Head of Service of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team said: ‘We know that more people are using the recycling collection services available to them than ever before, which is fantastic news. However, we hope anyone still unsure about the benefits of recycling or about what can be recycled will take the opportunity during Recycle Week to find out more and join in.’
‘No amount of recycling is too small. Research by Recycle Now shows that if each household in Gloucestershire recycled just a single aluminium drinks can, this would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for an entire year. With concerns about the environment growing, it is essential we do all we can to capture those items which can be recycled so they can be remade into something new and reduce the amount of energy being used.’
‘It’s equally important that the right items go in the correct recycling containers. Doing this ensures the quality of what is being collected is good so items can go on and be recycled efficiently.’
Craig Stephens, campaign manager for Recycle Now, said: ‘This year we’ve all taken more notice of our impact on the environment, and realised that recycling is part of reducing that impact. Here in Gloucestershire it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right.’
All the local authorities in Gloucestershire provide either a weekly or fortnightly recycling collection which allow for a wide range of materials to be recycled from the kerbside. Additional facilities for recycling are also offered by the Household Recycling Centres.
Anyone unsure about what can be recycled where they live can contact their local district or borough council for more information. Details about what items can be taken to the local Household Recycling Centres can be found at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com