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Recycle Week: This is the year the people of North Warwickshire ‘taking recycling into their own hands’!

Published on Tuesday, 24th September 2019

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North Warwickshire is proud to be taking recycling into its own hands! In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Recycle Now 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 (23rd – 29th September), Recycle Now is capitalising on this heightened awareness and energy right here in North Warwickshire; tasking residents – and people all over the UK – to act and focus on getting recycling right during Recycle Week.

Getting recycling right

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.

Cllr Margaret Bell, Chair of the Community and Environment Board said; North Warwickshire is a borough of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better. By following these simple guidelines we can, together, reduce the carbon footprint of our beautiful borough.”

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 level of 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 other 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!

Top tips for recycling in North Warwickshire:

  • Recycle more of these items, from around the home and not just the kitchen:
    • Aerosols, cans, tins and foil
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
    • Newspapers, letters, envelopes and magazines
    • Card and cardboard boxes
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling bin:
    • Plastic packets, wrappers and film
    • Polystyrene
    • Tetrapak cartons and pouches (such as cat food)
    • Nappies

And 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.

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. More and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on, North Warwickshire, keep up the great work and let’s make recycling better than ever before!”

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit

www.recyclenow.org.uk