Cannock Chase Council is proud to ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week in the biggest and best Recycle Week ever.
In partnership with Recycle Now we’re asking residents to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.
This year Recycle Now welcomes a celebrity ambassador to front Recycle Week and is delighted to be working with TV Presenter, Invictus Games Medalist and Strictly Come Dancing Star JJ Chalmers for the national campaign.
JJ is a keen environmentalist and is partnering with Recycle Now to inspire the nation to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change. JJ Chalmers said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s campaign. I’m passionate about the environment and how we can battle climate change. I am delighted to be working with the Recycle Now team on what has become a really important week of action across the UK. I really want to encourage people to look at what they are doing and how they can ‘Step It Up’ and do even more… even better.”
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle. However, 55% of households put items in the general rubbish bin that can be recycled; including foil, aerosols, and plastic toiletry (shampoo and conditioner bottles), plastic trays and cleaning and bleach bottles. This, say Recycle Now and Cannock Chase is where we need to ‘Step It Up’. We can all help fight climate change by recycling because recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.
Every year Recycle Week unites retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, national & local governments and the media to focus on how recycling can play a part in limiting the pressure we put on the planet through our use of natural resources.
There are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling in Cannock Chase even better.
- Recycle more of our most wanted items: Paper, Empty spray cans, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, empty tins or drink cans, empty plastic bottle, tube and trays
- Keep the most unwanted out of your recycling: DIY materials, nappies, paint and empty pots, food, face masks and gloves, clothing and pet faeces
If you’re unsure if an item is recyclable you can use our easy search facility on our website here: https://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/residents/recycling-waste/which-items-go-which-bin
Councillor Justin Johnson, Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Leader said: “Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to raise awareness of how recycling can have an impact on our environment and climate change.
“We are supporting #RecycleWeek and will be raising awareness via our social media channels during the coming days. This theme fits in well with our current wanted and unwanted campaign and our commitment to tackling climate change in our District. Making a small change can make a big difference.”
Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, “This year we’re focused on how recycling can help fight climate change and how by recycling even better we can have a bigger impact on our environment. Here in Cannock Chase it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on, Cannock Chase, keep up the great work and let’s make our District recycling better than ever before!”
For the second year running major brands are putting their support/backing behind the Week by donating to help fund it including: - Amazon, British Soft Drinks Association, Britvic, Coca-Cola, Coop, Danone, innocent drinks, Listerine, McDonald’s, The Natural Source Waters Association, Ocado, PepsiCo, Prevented Ocean Plastic, and Waitrose and Partners UK
To find out more about Recycle Week, and to find out what you can and can’t recycle where you live, visit www.recyclenow.org.uk/RecycleWeek