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Recycle Week: This year North East Lincolnshire is ‘Stepping It Up’ in the fight against Climate Change!

1:11 am, Monday, 20th September 2021 - 2 years ago

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North East Lincolnshire is proud to ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week in the biggest and best Recycle Week ever. Recycle Now and North East Lincolnshire Council are asking households to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

It’s just over a year since The Council started giving homes in the area two new wheelie bins with more capacity for their recycling.

In that time, the amount of recycling collected from the area’s households has reached record levels.

The average amount of dry recycling collected from households in 2019 was 709 tonnes per month, in 2020 it was 843 tonnes per month, so far this year it is 1,071 tonnes per month.

2021 waste and recycling figures

 JanFebMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugTOTAL TONNES
Residual3295.72986.63423.53330.63022.53314.163296.183148.825818.06
Dry recycling1146.7904.72993.541149.91070.9811461062.141092.648566.62
Garden waste27.02320.68604.92718.52774.441389.721261.421003.166099.88
Food waste pilot8.136.0637.2628.0434.78144.24
% Household waste sent for Recycling and Composting39.34%41.66%45.76%44.04%42.95% 

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, the Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said:

“Our new recycling bins are helping households recycle more than ever, but there’s still a lot more to do. Now is a great time to check you’re recycling as much as you can.

“We’re helping people recycle on the go with a series of fantastic sculptures along Cleethorpes beachfront and dedicated recycling bins around the resort.

“The food waste pilot we launched in April is also proving a big success in reducing the amount of rubbish people put in their green bins.

“Recycling is one way we can all help the environment. It helps prolong the lives of materials and products we use, such as plastics, metals and paper.

“A huge amount of energy and material resources goes into making a plastic bottle or an aluminium drink can, so it’s important that we make the most of them. This helps reduce the damage caused to the natural environment.”

Tips and advice

Council education officers will be on hand during the week to give recycling tips and advice at the markets in Freeman Street and Top Town.

They’ll be at Freeman Street Market from 9am to 1pm on Tuesday and Top Town Market from 9am to 1pm on Friday.

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 household aerosols, and plastic shampoo, shower gel and conditioner bottles, plastic trays and cleaning and bleach bottles. This, say Recycle Now and North East Lincolnshire 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 and 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 North East Lincolnshire Council are here to help! North East Lincolnshire is a borough of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in North East Lincolnshire:

  • Recycle more of these items: Bathroom plastics, household aerosols and clean pet food cans.
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: Nappies, plastic bags, takeaway pizza boxes and batteries.

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 at www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling.

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, said:

“This year we’re focused 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 North East Lincolnshire 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, North East Lincolnshire, keep up the great work and let’s make the borough’s recycling better than ever before!”

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 www.recyclenow.org.uk/RecycleWeek

2020 waste and recycling figures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Residual342828333115361934073547372831773296316331313360
Dry recycling82863471075280179482777981189711311156
Garden waste035746181096399211479661027733515149

2019 waste and recycling figures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Residual343628142972311334202949332431942936324130913190
Dry recycling959658638691710575774657618722793713
Garden waste036143066611271018111585587971053392

About Recycle Week
Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. It is organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand and will take place this year in the last week of September (20th – 26th September).

About Recycle Now
Pioneers of a new normal. Experienced doers. And passionate leaders of the UK’s recycling movement. At Recycle Now, we work collaboratively with the UK’s biggest business and local authorities across the nation, to realise our vision of a future where recycling is the new normal.

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