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Thank you for your recycling

Media Release : 25 September 2018

Wealden residents are being thanked for the difference they make during National Recycle Week. And every other week of the year.

Plastic bottles at Seven Sisters

National Recycle Week, the national recycling campaign, runs from 25 September – 1 October. 

The theme of the 15th National Recycle Week campaign by WRAP, the Waste & Resources Action Programme, is Recycling. We Do. Because it Matters. It celebrates the growing realisation of the importance of recycling. 

“We have had some disruption to collections in recent months,” said Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council. “But the people of Wealden continue to achieve the highest recycling rates in East Sussex.” 

“We would like to use this year’s National Recycle Week to thank them for their efforts. We are determined that we should continue to improve our 50% recycling rate. We will make sure residents receive the recycling service they deserve.” 

“Even the waste which we can’t recycle in East Sussex goes to the Newhaven incinerator where it is converted into electricity for the National Grid.”

Recycle Week is an opportunity to remind everyone to take care about which items go in the recycling bin, and which in the refuse bin. While we all do our bit to recycle what we can, 76% of UK households add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted. This can disrupt the recycling process.  Meanwhile, more than half (54%) of UK households put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

Please think about those empty deodorant cans, shampoo bottles and bathroom cleaner bottles which can be recycled. And make sure the following never go in the recycling bin: black plastic bags; food waste and nappies. 

For a full list of what can and can’t go in the recycling bin have a look at your Recycling Calendar. Or visit our website www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling and click on the What goes in each container link.

More information about National Recycle Week can be found here: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/recycle-week-2018