Richmond residents encouraged to give household waste a second life

Release Date: 25 September 2017

Richmond residents are being encouraged to give everyday waste a ‘second life’ and increase their recycling efforts for National Recycle Week.

National Recycle Week, which starts today, aims to get more people recycling more items, more often. The theme of the week is ‘Recycling – it’s worth it’ and aims to highlight how recycling just one extra item per household can significantly reduce the total amount of waste sent for incineration - and bring huge benefits to the environment and local communities.

Many people are unsure about exactly what can go in their recycling bins and it’s easy to forget that recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen. Plenty of items from around the home can be recycled and recycling just a few more items like your empty shampoo bottle, deodorant aerosol and toilet paper tube can make a big difference.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet member for environment, business and community said:

“We’re asking people to keep in mind how everyday products could be put to use in a second life, rather than just throwing them away.

“While recycling may seem like a bit of a chore for some people, the benefits are huge and we greatly appreciate the trouble everyone takes. National Recycling Week is an ideal opportunity to remind people about the materials that can and cannot be accepted through our local doorstep recycling scheme.”

Visit waste and recycling to find out what can be recycled.

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Reference: P438/17

Updated: 2 October 2017