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23/09/2019
Sandwell residents urged to recycle more

Sandwell residents urged to take recycling into their own hands as national campaign begins.

Today marks the start of the UK-wide Recycle Week campaign (23 – 29 Sept) and residents in Sandwell are being urged to step-up their recycling efforts in their homes as part of the initiative.

Residents are being reminded of the importance of recycling and how they can really take ‘recycling into their own hands’ – this year’s Recycle Week motto.

Latest research reveals that more than 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago because of environmental concerns.

Residents are being urged that now is the time to act, reducing the waste produced at home and using all recycling bins to their full potential.

There is a range of recycling bins that residents can use at home plus the tip in Oldbury for other items that can be recycled.

At lot of the everyday rubbish created at home can be placed in the blue lid recycling bin, such as plastic bottles and food packaging, glass bottles and jars, drink cans and tins plus paper and card. Items often forgotten are aerosols, foil, shampoo bottles and drink cartons.

Sandwell also offers a food waste collection which turns inedible food into energy and compost.

The green lid bin is where residents can dispose of their garden rubbish and it is turned into compost.

Councillor Maria Crompton, cabinet member for safer communities, said,

“Recycling is now firmly on the national agenda and people have become more aware of what they use and the impact it has on the environment. Recycling really matters and makes a big difference on reducing the amount of raw materials needed to make new products.

“There are many benefits to recycling and one school in Oldbury has directly benefited from the garden waste residents have recycled at home. Green waste, which gets turned into compost, has kick-started an allotment project at Moat Farm Junior School.

“We want to highlight the benefits of recycling the right items and encourage residents to check they are recycling all they can while not mistakenly placing unsuitable items in the blue-lid bin.

“I do hope people take this opportunity to rise to the challenge during Recycle Week. You can make a difference for our local and global environments.”

John Mason, Serco Regional Contract Director, said,

“Recycling and other environmental concerns have really been in the forefront of the media in recent years which is really great to see. We hope that it will encourage residents to think about the waste they create and how they can reduce it.”

“Using the recycling bins as much as possible is an integral part of reducing the impact we have on the environment.”

“For items that can be recycled but not in the bins at home, we want to encourage residents to visit the team at the Household Recycling Centre which is open every day of the week.”

Residents can tune into Raaj FM on Tuesday from 1pm-2pm to receive recycling advice.

Residents are also invited to come along to New Square shopping centre on Thursday 26 September from 11am – 2pm where there will be advisors available for residents to ask questions about recycling.

And for those on social media, they can follow Sandwell Council Facebook and Twitter this week for recycling reminders, plus a live Q&A session will be held on Facebook on Thursday (26 September) at 10am.

Residents are encouraged to ask the team questions on what can and can’t be recycled. More information on waste and recycling in Sandwell can be found at www.sandwell.gov.uk/recycling 

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