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New plastic recycling campaign launches in Hounslow

On Monday 13 July 2020, Hounslow Council joined London Recycles to launch a new recycling awareness campaign called ‘Know Your Plastic’.

Published: Monday, 13th July 2020

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The campaign aims to remind residents of how to recycle all the various types of plastic household items and even highlights the items that can often cause the most confusion.

Hounslow Council is committed to making recycling as easy as possible and the ‘Know Your Plastic’ campaign fully supports this, by improving resident understanding of the recycling process and what items to look out for.

This year has been a challenging time for the borough’s waste and recycling crews with many of us spending more time at home due to coronavirus. In Hounslow, between April and May 2020 there was a 27 per cent increase in recycling materials (plastic, glass, paper, card, cans) which demonstrates resident’s efforts to recycle as much as they can.

However, we can go even further, it's estimated that around 35.8 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK, but only 19.8 million of these are recycled.

Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Trading Companies at Hounslow Council, said:

“Recycling really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way, keeping materials in use. The ‘Know Your Plastic’ campaign aims to make this process even more straightforward.

“Our recycling material streams in Hounslow are of high quality, this is due to the support from our residents in sorting materials at home and our very thorough sorting processes within our Material Handling Facility at Southall Lane.

“Please be assured when you recycle in the borough, you are making a positive contribution to the environment, as collected materials really are recycled by the Council and our partners, and never end up in landfill or a beach, so please do keep recycling all you can.”

For further information please see www.hounslow.gov.uk/knowyourplastic

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