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Residents encouraged to lead the way on improved recycling this Recycle Week

London Borough of Hounslow is supporting Recycle Week 2019 ‘Recycling – it’s in our hands!’ campaign with a variety of awareness activities to help engage as many residents as possible.

Published: Monday, 23rd September 2019

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Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. It is organised by WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) under the Recycle Now brand.

Nearly a third of Londoners cite environmental concerns and increased awareness of climate change as the main reason for recycling more household items such as plastic drinks bottles, cleaning, toiletry and shampoo bottles, as well as glass jars and food and drink cans. New data released by WRAP shows that 62% of Londoners now recycle more than a year ago* – but we could be doing more.

To help Hounslow residents recycle more effectively, London Recycles, who help deliver both London-wide communications and borough support for recycling, have provided the following tips in partnership with Recycle Now for this year’s Recycle Week:

  1. If it’s plastic and bottle shaped, recycle itjust empty, crush and include the lids before recycling, and remember to recycle bleach and detergent bottles
  2. Give it a quick rinsefor pots, tubs and trays, give them a quick rinse before recycling – remember to remove the plastic film
  3. Recycle from the bathroom toothpaste boxes, toilet roll tubes, aerosols, shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner bottles can all be recycled: just take the pump dispenser off liquid soap bottles first
  4. One bin is rubbish – it sounds obvious, but if you get a separate recycling bin (or bag, or box – whatever works for you), just for your recycling, which will make your recycling much easier and tidier
  5. If you’re not sure, check – to find out more about recycling in Hounslow, enter your postcode here:

London Recycles is highlighting the simple but significant environmental difference that Hounslow residents can make by recycling more of the right things. For example, recycling one bleach bottle saves enough energy to power a streetlight for 6.5 hours.

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

“Recycle Week is an exciting time to join London Recycles and WRAP in promoting recycling throughout Hounslow. The campaign in Hounslow throughout the week, is both ambitious and far reaching - positively it will impact as many residents as possible.

“We understand the role we must play in ensuring an improved environment and I encourage fellow residents to recycle all we can, as often as we can.

“Local residents will be aware of the work we do all year round through our Cleaner Greener Hounslow project to ensure recycling and environmental issues remain at the forefront of all our minds.”

Ali Moore, Campaign Manager at London Recycles, said: 

“With more and more Londoners wanting to take positive action for the environment, one simple but significant step is to make sure we get our recycling right. We’re encouraging people throughout Hounslow to take action and recycle more this Recycle Week.

“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. If each of us re-used or recycled just one more thing each day, it would make a huge difference.

From eye-catching stunts to targeted local activity, Recycle Week will see a wide range of action across the capital. As part of this, the London Eye will be lit up in green on the evening of Wednesday 25th, and clean graffiti will be sprayed in the area around Liverpool Street and Tottenham Court Road stations as an eco-friendly way to spread the urgency of recycling.”

To find out more about Recycle Week please click here, or via social #RecycleWeek and #InOurOwnHands.

* Data showing 62% of Londoners are now recycling more than a year ago is sourced from WRAP’s Recycling Tracker 2019, based on 976 London adults (aged 18+) surveyed



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