20 Sep 2021

Stepping It Up against climate change

The Isle of Wight Council is joining Recycle Now in the fight against climate change for this year’s Recycle Week 2021.

With our partners, Amey, we are asking residents to join us to join Recycle Now’s campaign - ‘Step It Up’ - and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

Getting recycling right
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle.

However, 55 per cent of UK 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.  On the Island, on average, nearly a quarter of the contents of a typical black sack collected is food. 

This 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 and 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. 

The Isle of Wight is an island of recyclers – the council now has one of the highest recycling rates, the Island is now in the top 15 per cent of local authorities for recycling and composting in the country, with 99 per cent of waste diverted from landfill according to Defra (December 2020 figures).

But there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better. 

Top tips for recycling:
• Recycle more of these items: [***Insert items where capture could be improved locally e.g. bathroom plastics and aerosols****]
• Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: [***insert top local contaminants****]

If you are at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, visit the council’s waste page at *********  where you can find out what needs to go in your recycling bin or sack.

Natasha Dix, the council’s strategic manager for contracts, waste and environment, said: “We are proud to be supporting national Recycle Week once again this year and I’m also proud of how well our residents are already doing with recycling. Recycling has really become the norm for the Island. 

“But while we are doing well, we can always do better. There are items such as aerosols, for example, that we can recycle too as well as textiles on the doorstep. So I’d like to thank residents for helping us become a recycling Island and let’s make it even better.”

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, said: “This year we’re focussed 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 the Isle of Wight 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, Isle of Wight, keep up the great work and let’s make the Island’s recycling better than ever before!”

For the second year running major brands are putting their support/backing behind Recycle 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 

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The council is supporting this year's Recycle Week
The council is supporting this year's Recycle Week
  • Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour.
  • It is organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand and will take place this year in the last week of September (20th - 26th September).
  • Recycle Now works collaboratively with the UK’s biggest business and local authorities across the nation, to realise a vision of a future where recycling is the new normal.
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