28 February 2024

Council urges residents to ‘Step it Up’ this Recycle Week

This week is Recycle Week (20-26 September) and Wiltshire Council is urging Wiltshire communities to keep recycling as much as they can to help fight climate change.

The theme for this year’s Recycle Week is ‘Step it Up’, which encourages people to make positive changes to recycle more to reduce carbon emissions.

In Wiltshire, the council managed 221,254 tonnes of waste in the financial year 2020-21, of which 42%, or 93,860 tonnes, was recycled, composted or re-used; and 98% of that was managed within the UK.

Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Waste, said: “We have a good recycling rate in Wiltshire, but we can all do our bit to recycle more of our waste to help reduce the amount we send to landfill and help fight climate change.

“This Recycle Week, whether it’s ensuring you’re putting the right waste into the correct bin in your own home, or reusing things instead of throwing them away, please help us to reduce waste, increase recycling and help cut carbon emissions.

“We collect plastic bottles and food containers, cardboard, paper, food and drinks cans and cartons from 235,000 households at the kerbside, and we also provide have 10 household recycling centres (HRCs) around the county where Wiltshire residents can take larger items such as electricals and household appliances to for recycling. On average, 73% of all of the waste managed at the HRCs last year was diverted from landfill.

“Please keep doing your bit to keep Wiltshire recycling this Recycle Week and every week”.

Written by
Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty