23 Sep 2019

Taking recycling into our own hands

The council’s waste team, in partnership with Amey, is supporting Recycle Now’s national Recycle Week (23 to 29 September).

Organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand, Recycle Week is tasking residents across the UK to take recycling into their own hands and take action to protect our environment.

Councillor Steve Hastings, Cabinet member for waste and recycling services, said: “Inspired by Our Planet, Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough - environmental concerns have never been so important to the public. On the Island, we are already doing really well – we beat the government’s 50 per cent target by recycling 53.4 per cent of household waste last year so let’s pull out all the stops this Recycle Week and look at where we can do even more.”

Natasha Dix, the council’s head of waste and recycling services, added: “What and how we 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. We are already an Island of recyclers so this Recycle Week, we need to capitalise on this heightened awareness and energy to focus on getting recycling right.”

Getting recycling right

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that more than 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, among other items including glass and metal tin cans. The level of increase of glass and metal/tin cans is at a slightly lower level compared to the other items cited. Nearly a third of these people cite environmental concerns as the main reason for doing more and other 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.

Top tips for recycling

• Recycle more of these items: aerosol cans such as air fresheners and deodorants; spray cleaner bottles (just rinse out and unscrew the top and place both in recycling).
• Always recycle your food waste with the weekly food collection.
• Don’t forget the council collects textiles on recycling week at the kerbside – just place in a clear or white carrier bag.
• Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: used nappies, dirty tissues, food jars and bottles full of food (simply recycle the food contents in your food bin, rinse out the jar or bottle and then place in your recycling).

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 on the Isle of Wight 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, let’s keep up the great work and let’s make the Island’s recycling better than ever before!”

For a comprehensive list of items that can be recycled on the Island, visit www.iwight.com/waste and select the ‘household waste and recycling’ tab where you will find an A to Z of which bin to put it in.

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit www.recyclenow.org.uk 

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The council is supporting Recycle Week 2019
The council is supporting Recycle Week 2019
  • Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour.
Isle of Wight, UK