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Recycle Week 2020 - Celebrating commitment to recycling during the pandemic

2020 - Cllr Steve Ardagh-Walter using a mini recycling centre

Yesterday (21 September 2020) was the start of national Recycle Week! This is a week dedicated to raising recycling awareness and engagement among householders nationwide. 

The theme for this year is Together - We Recycle with a major focus on thanking the public for continuing to recycle despite all that has happened this year. 

In West Berkshire, we currently recycle nearly 50% of our household waste, which is a respectable achievement and we outperform all our neighbouring authorities in Berkshire and Hampshire. This Recycle Week, we want to encourage everyone to try and do a little bit more. 

To help our residents to take action and recycle more, we're launching additional recycling banks for food cartons (eg juice, milk and soup cartons and coffee cups) and small waste electrical items (eg kettles, toasters, printers and hairdryers). 

This is in addition to the range of materials collected at the kerbside and at our household waste recycling centres. The new material banks can be found at our mini recycling centres; you can check www.recyclenow.com/locator for more information about your nearest site. 

Residents may have also seen new stickers appearing on their black kerbside waste bins. They're a reminder that food waste can be recycled in the kerbside green bin (or caddy, where available) even without a garden waste subscription. About 25% of all the waste presented in our black bins is made up of food waste. Hopefully, residents will help us by keeping food waste out of the black bin, so that it can be recycled and reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill or Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities. 

Steve Ardagh-Walter said: West Berkshire's Executive Member for the Environment, said: 

"Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone in West Berkshire for continuing to recycle and to celebrate the way we have all pulled together. Our contractor's team at Veolia have been real heroes too, providing a robust service under the most difficult of circumstances during the ongoing pandemic. 

We will be raising awareness during the week about recycling and building on the positive attitudes that our residents have towards recycling more items. I am pleased to announce our new carton and electrical recycling banks which will help make recycling more materials easier. 

We'll also be unveiling new artwork on our waste collection vehicles. These are designed to engage the public into action to recycle and help put waste in its place!" 

During Recycle Week we'll be sharing lots of information on how we can all work together to recycle and reduce our waste. Follow us on Facebook @recyclewestberks and find out more about recycling in West Berkshire at www.westberks.gov.uk/recycle