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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Causeway Coast and Glens is proud to ‘Step It Up’ in the biggest and best Recycle Week ever
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Recycle Now and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are 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 Medallist and Strictly Come Dancing Star JJ Chalmers for the national campaign.

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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.

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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.”

Recycle Now and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are asking the nation to ‘Step It Up’ and perfect our recycling habits.

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Getting recycling right

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 aerosols, and plastic toiletry (shampoo and conditioner bottles), plastic trays and cleaning and bleach bottles. This, say Recycle Now and Council, 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.

Recycle Now and Council are here to help!

There are lots of recyclers in Causeway Coast and Glens 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: bathroom plastics, glass and plastic tubs and trays.
Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: plastic bags, bottles or containers with food or liquids inside.
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! Visit Local recycling | Recycle Now

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, “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. In Causeway Coast and Glens 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, Causeway Coast and Glens, keep up the great work and let’s make the Borough’s recycling better than ever before!”

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “Our residents are doing a great job at recycling, with over 53% of our waste now diverted from landfill. However there’s always room to do better. Just making sure we put the correct recycling materials into our blue bins means we are all play our part in protecting our natural resources. Recycle Week helps us focus on what we can do as individuals and communities to ensure we reduce our carbon emissions by making the best possible use of our blue bin recycling scheme, and I would encourage all of our residents to use this week to make a renewed effort to recycle as much as possible.”

For the second year running major brands are putting their support 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

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