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‘Recycle it Right’ this Recycle Week

‘Recycle it Right’ this Recycle Week
Published on 20 September 2021 Print

If you have a green recycling wheelie bin you may have noticed a new sticker on the lid.  Following on from the ‘Recycling and Rubbish Service Information’ included with this year’s Council Tax booklet, the new ‘Recycle it Right’ bin lid stickers are part of the ongoing drive to support residents across Walsall in becoming confident recyclers. 

Non-recyclable or ‘contaminated’ items such as nappies, food waste, clothes & shoes, black bags, are still being found in recycling bins across Walsall, leading to rejected loads which have to be disposed of as general rubbish.  This cost Walsall Council approx. £356.5K during 2020-2021, which could be spent on other vital services for Walsall residents.

The new stickers are a simple visual prompt to remind everyone of what can go in the green bins or what should go to one of Walsall’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.  Along with making sure recycling is clean, dry and loose inside the bin, all these actions help our contractors to get the very best out of your items and recycle more of what we send to them.

Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green Services, Cllr Oliver Butler said:

“There’s no better time than during ‘Recycle Week’ to remind residents of the positive benefits of being good recyclers.  It’s not only about protecting the global environment, slowing climate change and conserving resources for future generations, the benefits of better recycling can also be felt much closer to home if we aren’t spending so much tax payers money on disposing of poor recycling. Less money spent on rejected recycling means more money for services that can really make a difference to local resident’s day to day lives.  Lowering these costs starts with all of us reducing the amount of waste we produce and putting the right things in the right bin. 

Even with the best of intentions, it can sometimes be confusing about exactly what can be recycled so putting a concise sticker on everyone’s bins makes that message clear.  We’re continuing to be tough on not emptying bins which aren’t up to scratch too – there really is no excuse to have the wrong things in your green bin.  ‘Stepping Up’ our recycling habits is a simple thing we can all do which will make a difference to everyone in the borough.  Follow the guide on the sticker, or if in doubt, leave it out and put it in your grey rubbish bin.”

The stickers will be applied to the 100,000 approx green recycling bins across the borough during September & October.  More information about recycling for Walsall and Household Waste Recycling Centres can be found at www.walsall.gov.uk/bins.

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Note to Editors

Recycle Week is Recycle Now's flagship annual event which is a celebration of recycling across the nation.  It runs from 20-26 September.  This year’s theme is ‘Step It Up’.  https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/recycle-week-campaign

A comprehensive list of what can go in recycling bins can be found at the Walsall Council website  http://go.walsall.gov.uk/bins/what_goes_in_your_bins

Plastics we can’t recycle include:  Black plastic food trays, shiny crisp packets and food wrappers, disposable hot drinks cups, cellophane, cling film, black plastic bin bags and polystyrene packaging.

Items in the recycling bin should be clean, dry and loose and should include:  Paper & cardboard packaging; food & drinks cans; plastic milk bottles; soft drinks and water bottles; glass bottles and jars; butter and soft cheese tubs, yogurt pots and egg boxes. 

For more information about the ‘Recycle it Right sticker initiative please email Walsall Council Communications Team communications@walsall.gov.uk

Pictured: Councillor Oliver Butler, Porfolio Holder for Clean and Green services.