Recycle Week: This is the year Worcestershire says 'We Do!'

Worcestershire is a county of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.
Worcestershire is a county of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.
Published Monday, 24th September 2018

Recycle Week launches for 2018.

Worcestershire can shout loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle! In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Worcestershire County Council and District partners are   asking residents to go above and beyond to protect the environment.

From Blue Planet II, to major developments towards reducing unnecessary plastic, this year people across the county have been motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before. For Recycle Week 2018, there is a movement capitalising on this energy; asking 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 Worcestershire DOES recycle. Because it matters.

Getting recycling right

In Worcestershire, last year alone we recycled almost 52,000 tonnes of waste into new products with things like drinks cans being recycled into new packaging and items like plastic bottles being turned into fleece jackets.  In fact, if we lay all of the milk bottles recycled from households last year end to end they would stretch almost to Milan and back!

Worcestershire 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 Worcestershire:

  • Recycle more of these items:
    • Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays from around the home.
    • Flattened cardboard boxes.
    • Bathroom items including spray cleaners and empty bleach bottles.
    • Things from your lounge like empty tissue boxes and newspapers.
  • Remember to ‘check before you chuck’ – very often things will have a handy label that tells you whether it can be recycled or not.  If in doubt visit www.letswasteless.com for a definitive list of what can be recycled in Worcestershire

Recycle. Worcestershire 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.

If every household in Worcestershire recycled just one extra plastic drinks bottle it would save enough energy to power an average primary school for almost seven weeks.

 

Councillor Tony Miller, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment said: “Most people in Worcestershire recycle and by doing so have contributed to almost 52,000 tonnes of waste being recycled into new items last year alone.  By reducing our waste, reusing what we can and recycling as much as possible we can make sure we’re putting waste to good use and protecting our environment.”

For more information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle more of your waste please visit www.letswasteless.com