Recycle Week: This is the year the people of Barnsley are taking recycling into their own hands

Barnsley is proud to be taking recycling into its own hands. In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Recycle Now, and Barnsley Council is asking residents to take recycling into their own hands and take action to protect the environment.

The year so far has been one of protests and marches. People have had enough of the status quo; things need to change urgently. Inspired by Our Planet, Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough - environmental concerns have never been so important to the nation. Last year saw people being more motivated to recycle, and 2018 was the biggest Recycle Week to date, but 2019 promises to be bigger and better!

For its seventeenth annual Recycle Week (23 to 29 September), Recycle Now is capitalising on this heightened awareness and energy and tasking people all over the UK to act and focus on getting recycling right during Recycle Week.

Getting recycling right

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60 per cent of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago because of environmental concerns.

The research shows that more and more UK households are recycling plastic drinks, cleaner, toiletry and shampoo bottles, amongst other items, including glass and metal tin cans. The level of increase from glass and metal/tin cans is at a slightly lower level compared to the other items listed. Nearly a third of people say environmental concerns are the main reason for doing more and others attribute it to an increased awareness of what can be recycled. While the research showed an increase in recycling, it also showed that UK households sometimes incorrectly put items like nappies, toys and toothpaste tubes in the recycling bin.

Barnsley is a borough of recyclers – and there are some simple things that everybody can do to make recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in Barnsley include:

  • Recycle empty bath and shower bottles, receipts, clean foil trays, magazines and newspapers
  • Please make sure these items never go in the recycling bin: nappies, toothpaste tubes, disposable coffee cups, wet wipes, anything that could be reused or donated instead

What and how residents recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

Cllr Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re really proud to be supporting Recycle Week again this year. We’re doing a fantastic job of recycling here in Barnsley, and with our #EverybodyThink campaign we’ve been helping residents to take action and recycle right.

“Our current recycling rate is an impressive 47 per cent, and we know we can do even better. Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing recycling tips across our social media pages, and urging residents to get involved by sharing their tips, too. By realising the need for change and making sure we’re always recycling right, we can really make a difference.”

Craig Stephens, campaign manager for Recycle Now, said: “This year we’ve all taken more notice of our impact on the environment, and realised that recycling is part of reducing that impact. Here in Barnsley, 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, Barnsley, keep up the great work and let’s make the borough’s recycling better than ever before!”

To find out which items can be recycled at home, visit: barnsley.gov.uk/wastea-z or for information on Barnsley’s Household Waste and Recycle Centres visit: barnsley.gov.uk/recyclingcentres. 

More information on Recycle Now and Recycle Week can be viewed at: www.recyclenow.org.uk.

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