30-Sep-2019

HDC Recycle Crew

Huntingdonshire is proud to be taking recycling into its own hands! In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Huntingdonshire District Council is tasking residents to take recycling into their own hands and take action to protect our 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 we 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 17th annual Recycle Week (23 – 29 September), Recycle Now is capitalising on this heightened awareness and energy right here in Huntingdonshire; tasking residents – and people all over the UK – to act and focus on getting recycling right during Recycle Week.

Cllr Marge Beuttell whose executive responsibilities include Operations said: "Our residents are fantastic recyclers with 55% of waste being recycled. Throughout Recycle Week we’ll be showcasing new short films featuring top tips on recycling more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter"

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% 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 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 others attribute it to an increased awareness of what can be recycled. Whilst 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.

But fear not – Recycle Now is here to help! Huntingdonshire is a district of recyclers, but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in Huntingdonshire:

  • Recycle more of these items within your blue bin: Plastic bottles, pot, tubs and tray, aerosols and your food and drinks cans

Make sure these never go in your blue bin:

  • Textiles – take these to one of the textile banks sited throughout the district
  • Food – this can be placed in your green bin with your garden waste
  • Black sacks – should only be placed in your grey bin

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 Huntingdonshire 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, Huntingdonshire, keep up the great work and let’s make the Huntingdonshire recycling better than ever before!"

If you’re at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, remember that Recycle Now’s Recycling Locator can show you exactly what needs to go in the recycling bin where you live – just pop in your postcode! 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.