Recycle Week: Home and Away

Next week is Recycle Week and this year’s theme is Recycling at Home and Away.

The organisers are celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and we’ve come a long way since the initial campaign. Kerbside recycling is available for most households, although the types of materials varies from local authority area, and increasingly businesses are offering recycling schemes at places of work. As a result recycling rates are on the up and the UK is well on track to hit the 50% recycling rate by 2020, as required under EU regulations.

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This year’s focus is on collecting different materials, including packaging, metals, plastics, food waste and textiles. While progress has been made with all these materials there’s still much work to be done. Shwopping and other schemes run by clothing retailers are helping to increase the better use of textiles while doorstep collections are making it easier for food waste to be diverted from landfill. Mind you I’m still surprised in the current times how much food people are prepared to just throw away. Wouldn’t it be easier to burn the money? It amounts to the same in the end.

Let’s remember that much of the material we put in the recycling bin is a valuable resource to someone else once we’ve finished with it. We’re able to recycle far more things today than we could 10 years ago and technological developments means this will only increase in future years. So while we should take some time to pat ourselves on the back on what we’ve achieved we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. There’s more to do and it’s getting easier by the day.

Recycle Week runs 17-23 June. Recycle – Home and Away

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