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Recycle Now: It’s Recycle week!

What is Recycle Week I hear you ask? Recycle week is a celebration of everything about recycling. The theme for this year is ‘Recycling at Home and Away’. The aim is to encourage us all to recycle more things more often when at home and out and about!  Even the England Football team is at it with their home and away kit each being made up from 18 recycled plastic bottles.

Recycle week is a perfect opportunity to make sure we are all making the most of our recycling service at home. Nine out of ten of us have household recycling collections so it’s always worth checking that you are recycling everything you can and you have all the right bins, boxes and bags that you may need to recycle in your area.

So, for example, over 90 per cent of all UK councils now take empty plastic bottles as part of their recycling service. This isn’t just drink bottles, thanks to technology it’s now possible to recycle ALL shapes and sizes of bottles – shampoo, bleach, shower gel, and even plastic bottles used outside in the garden or shed.  So this Recycle Week why not take 5 minutes out of your day to check you’re recycling everything you can? You can find out what service is offered in your area by visiting your local council website or checking the postcode locator on the Recycle Now website

And, recycling doesn’t just have to happen in the home – there are a growing number of recycling sites outside or inside supermarkets, in town and city centres or at Recycle Zones that have been set up, especially at events, meaning we don’t have to bin our recycling when we’re out and about. Keep your eyes peeled this Recycle Week and get familiar with what’s in your local area.

All your recycling efforts really do make a difference. All those plastic bottles that you put out for recycling will be sent to recycling facilities where they will first be separated by colour, then cleaned, melted down and turned into plastic pellets.  These are then used to make fences, bags, flooring, window frames, fleeces, or even more plastic bottles!  And as a result the amount of waste sent to landfill sites is greatly reduced. You can watch more of videos like the above to find out more about how the recycling process works, and what happens for all the different items you recycle by clicking here.

So this Recycle Week take a moment to check where you can recycle all your plastic bottles, tins, cans, paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars not only for Recycle Week but for the whole of the year to really make a difference!

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Justine Dench

Justine Dench

Creative Editor

Justine Dench is the creative editor for Preloved. Her key personal interests include sustainability, conservation and animal welfare. Justine also has interests in photography, music, gardening and home interiors.