Recycle Week heads to Barnsley to help residents recycle right.

Barnsley Council is proud to be joining towns and cities up and down the country next week as they support the 15th national Recycle Week - a week dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about recycling! During Recycle Week 2018, which runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 September, Barnsley Council will be helping residents to ‘recycle right.’

Barnsley is already brilliant at recycling and the borough’s current recycling rate of over 40 percent goes to show that residents are already doing the right thing by recycling – because it matters! The council have worked hard over the last 12 months to help residents recycle more through their #EverybodyThink campaign and by highlighting those less common items that often slip through the net - such as waste from the bathroom and bedroom.

This year’s Recycle Week will take things one step further by providing hints and tips to help residents ‘recycle it right’: the right things, in the right bin, in the right way.

Here’s a taster of top ‘recycle it right’ tips:

  • Only feed your brown bin with plastic bottles, tins, cans and glass bottles and jars. This does NOT include all plastics – ONLY plastic bottles!
  • A carton or tetrapak is NOT the same as cardboard - it’s layers of card, wax and foil and cannot be recycled in the blue bin
  • Don’t forget you can recycle less common plastic bottles such as cleaning bottles and shampoo bottles
  • Make sure everyone in your household knows what goes where to reduce contamination and maximise recycling

Look out for lots of other hints and tips on Barnsley Council’s Twitter feed and Facebook page, @BarnsleyCouncil. Residents are also urged to follow @DumpitandScarper – a Facebook page dedicated to all environmental issues across the borough.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re really proud of our recycling efforts in Barnsley and are delighted to be supporting this year’s Recycle Week. It’s really important we keep up our great efforts and encourage future generations to get involved as they’ll be our future recyclers!

“It’s also important to make sure we’re recycling properly - so we’re hoping that our hints and tips will help to quash some misconceptions about what can and can’t be put in each bin. We know that Barnsley is a borough of recyclers – we know it matters and we’re on board but we now need to make sure we’re getting it right and not wasting our efforts or wasting things that could be recycled. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our residents for all their recycling efforts over the last 12 months.”

Barnsley Council are spreading their local messages as part of a united South Yorkshire campaign with partners at Doncaster and Rotherham council (BDR) along with charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as they work together to protect the region and nation for the future.

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