Recycle Week: This is the year Warwickshire said ‘We Do!’

Warwickshire can shout loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle! In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Recycle Now is tasking residents to go above and beyond to protect the environment.

From Blue Planet II, to major developments towards reducing unnecessary plastic, this year people have been motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before. For its 15th annual Recycle Week (24-30 September), Recycle Now is capitalising on this energy right here in Warwickshire; tasking residents – and people all over the UK – to build on this momentum by now focussing on getting our recycling right during Recycle Week.

Why? Because Warwickshire DOES recycle. Because it matters.

Getting recycling right

With billboard advertising across the nation, a national tour, and a huge scale digital campaign, this year’s Recycle Week is the biggest and boldest yet; celebrating the fact that more and more of us are recycling.

In fact, as a nation we are recycling more than ever before, but it’s important that we get it right. New research from Recycle Now shows while people in the UK say doing their bit for the environment is one of the primary motivations for recycling; over three quarters of UK households (76%) add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally, which can be problematic in the recycling process. Meanwhile more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

But fear not – Recycle Now is here to help! Warwickshire is a county of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in Warwickshire:

Recycle more of these items: Tin foil, aerosol, batteries and plastic containers from the bathroom

Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: Disposable nappies, black plastic,plastic film and crisp packets.

And if you’re at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, remember that Recycle Now’s Recycling Locator can show you exactly what needs to go in the recycling bin where you live.

Recycle. Warwickshire does. Because it matters.

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.

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 Warwickshire it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on, Warwickshire, keep up the great work and let’s make our recycling better than ever before!”

Chair of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, Councillor David Reilly said: “Residents of Warwickshire are doing a great job at recycling and we are at our highest recycling rate yet. But we still need to do more. A survey of residual household waste bins across Warwickshire found that 50% of their contents could be recycled if residents were to really sign up to good recycling practices at home. Recycling Week is a great chance to see if there is anything else we can do to increase out recycling rate. Are we recycling all the plastic bottles from the bathroom and collecting precious tin foil?”

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit www.recyclenow.com/recycle-week-2018