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Recycle Week: This year West Berkshire Council is 'Stepping It Up' in the fight against Climate Change!

West Berkshire Council is proud to 'Step It Up' this Recycle Week (20 - 26 September 2021) in the biggest and best Recycle Week ever.

Posted by: Communications on 21 September 2021 15:36
2021 - Recycle week

Issued on: 21 September 2021.

Recycle Now and West Berkshire Council are asking residents to 'Step It Up' in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

This year Recycle Now welcomes a celebrity ambassador to front Recycle Week and is delighted to be working with TV Presenter, Invictus Games Medallist and Strictly Come Dancing Star JJ Chalmers for the national campaign.

JJ is a keen environmentalist and is partnering with Recycle Now to inspire the nation to 'Step It Up' in the fight against climate change. JJ Chalmers said:

"I'm thrilled to be part of this year's campaign. I'm passionate about the environment and how we can battle climate change. I am delighted to be working with the Recycle Now team on what has become a really important week of action across the UK.  I really want to encourage people to look at what they are doing and how they can 'Step It Up' and do even more... even better."

Recycle Now and West Berkshire Council are asking the nation to 'Step It Up' and perfect our recycling habits.

Getting recycling right

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle.

However, 55% of households put items in the general rubbish bin that can be recycled; including aerosols, plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles and cleaning and bleach bottles, not forgetting plastic tubs and trays that can be recycled at some of our recycling centres. This, say Recycle Now and West Berkshire Council, is where we need to 'Step It Up'. We can all help fight climate change by recycling because recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

Every year Recycle Week unites retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, national & local governments and the media to focus on how recycling can play a part in limiting the pressure we put on the planet through our use of natural resources.

Recycle Now and West Berkshire Councilare here to help! West Berkshire is a district of recyclers - but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in West Berkshire:

  • Recycle more of these items at the kerbside: food, aerosols, plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles, and cleaning and bleach bottles.
  • Recycle more of these items at your closest Recycling Centre: plastic pots, tubs and trays, cartons (Tetrapak), textiles and small electrical items. 

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 - just pop in your postcode!

Local recycling | Recycle Now

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, said:

"This year we're focussed on how recycling can help fight climate change and how by recycling even better we can have a bigger impact on our environment. Here in West Berkshire 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, West Berkshire keep up the great work and let's make the districts recycling better than ever before!"

Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter, Executive Member for the Environment at West Berkshire Council, said:

"Recycle Week this year is an opportunity for everyone in West Berkshire to step up and improve on the great work that we all do to recycle as much of our unavoidable waste as possible that can't be reused.

"Let's all take a bite out of climate change by recycling or composting our food waste, which you can do at the kerbside in your green bin, with or without a garden waste collection subscription.

"Most of us are stepping it up to take climate change down, and recycling is one of the easiest ways to do it. Take action - recycle more."

For the second year running major brands are putting their support/backing behind the Week by donating to help fund it including: - Amazon, British Soft Drinks Association, Britvic, Coca-Cola, Coop, Danone, innocent drinks, Listerine, McDonald's, The Natural Source Waters Association, Ocado, PepsiCo, Prevented Ocean Plastic, and Waitrose and Partners UK.

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to find out what you can and can't recycle where you live, visit: 

Last modified: 19 October 2021 08:10

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