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Recycling At Home and Away

Author: Anna Copperwheat, Media Officer, CBC Published: 15th June 2012 12:24

Central Bedfordshire Council is encouraging its residents to recycle wherever they are - whether at home, at work or out and about - as part of national Recycle Week (18 -24 June).

The council is keen to show that even the smallest every day actions can have a big effect and has installed a number of brand new ‘on-the-go' recycling bins at prime locations across Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard town centres.

It is hoped that these bins will provide an excellent opportunity for the public to recycle a range of materials such as aluminium drink cans, plastic bottles as well as cartons, newspapers and magazines and have a positive impact on the local environment.

Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive member for Sustainable Communities at Central Bedfordshire Council said: "We're always looking at ways to improve our waste and recycling services. Residents in Central Bedfordshire are already doing a great job within their homes, so the introduction of these new recycle on-the-go bins will make it even easier to recycle waste whilst out and about.

"Just think - if all of us in the UK recycled just one extra plastic bottle during Recycle Week, this would save enough energy to power over 71,000 plasma screen TVs for a year! By spending just a few extra seconds thinking about recycling, whether at home or away, we could really make a big difference."

At home it's never been easier to recycle in Central Bedfordshire now that all plastic packaging, aluminium foil, empty aerosols, worn out clothing and textiles are accepted in the kerbside recycling collection scheme. Away from home there are over 100 local recycling banks across central Bedfordshire to recycle glass bottles and jars.

If you would like to learn more about recycling then come along and chat to the Waste Minimisation Team at Dunstable Asda on Wednesday 20 June.

For more information about waste and recycling please visit the Central Bedfordshire website at http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/environment/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/default.aspx

Some recycling tips:

At Home:

Recycling bins are often found in the kitchen, but are rarely found in the bathroom despite this being where you'll find lots of recyclable plastic bottles such as shower gel, shampoo and conditioner containers. These can all be recycled along with your paper, cardboard, cartons, plastic food packaging, tins, cans, foil and worn out textiles.

Tip: When the bottle is almost empty, take off the lid and add a little water. This will make it go further and help rinse out the container ready for recycling.

In the Community:

Visit one of over a 100 local recycling banks across Central Bedfordshire to recycle your glass bottles and jars. You can also recycle textiles at a number of the banks.

At Work

Make use of any recycling schemes you have available to you such as recycling of paper, toner cartridges, mobile phones, plastic drinks cups and confidential waste. If you don't have recycling schemes, why not ask your company if they could introduce them.

Tip: What happens to all those tea bags, coffee grinds and fruit peelings in your office? If your place of work has an outside space, why not see if you can have a compost bin. You could have a caddy in the kitchen to collect all those organic items and turn them into compost.

Recycle at SchoolAt School

Over 90 per cent of schools in Central Bedfordshire receive a recycling service from the Council, so make the most of this and install a recycling point in each classroom. There are also many private sector companies which can offer used printer cartridge, old mobile phone or aluminium can recycling. If recycling is part of a school ethos then students are more likely to develop good environmental behaviours - if a four year old can recycle, there is no excuse for anyone else not to!

Tip: Check out http://www.recyclenow.com/schools/recycle_at_school_guide/

At the Supermarket

Supermarkets are making great strides in helping their customers to recycle, from recycling carrier bags, coat hangers, mobile phones, batteries, glass and textile banks with some supermarket cafés now recycling their food waste.

(image courtesy of CBC)


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