Over the next 2-3 weeks, residents will receive their Christmas waste collection calendars, and on the reverse side will be useful information about how to reduce, re-use, and recycle Christmas waste.
In addition, all green recycling bins will also receive a sticker telling local people exactly what they can and can’t recycle.
The council’s cabinet member for Environment, Councillor Brian Long said;
“We are really grateful for the effort local people have taken to raise recycling rates, which have doubled in the last 10 years.
“Earlier this year we ran an online survey of our waste and recycling service and we were encouraged to find that local people wanted even more information to help them recycle better.”
“As a good, listening Council trying to protect our local environment, we really welcome the opportunity to positively make our recycling scheme crystal clear. With the help of our residents we are aiming to improve our recycling rate to meet and exceed the Government and EU target of 50% of our waste being recycled by 2020.”
In addition to the recycling information, the Council is an active member of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, which will also be introducing marketing and PR to improve plastics recycling before Christmas and into the New Year.
Cllr Long added some interesting plastic packaging recycling facts:
- It takes 25 plastic drinks bottles to make a fleece top.
- Recycling one bleach bottle saves enough energy to power a street light for 6½ hours
- Recycling one shampoo bottle saves enough energy to toast 4½ rounds of bread
- Recycled plastic bottles can transform into lots of new things such as children’s toys, t-shirts, fleeces, garden furniture and other plastic bottles.
“There’s lots of plastic packaging that can be recycled from around the home, they include:
- Kitchen – drinks bottles, sauce bottles, washing up liquid bottles, kitchen cleaner bottles, laundry detergent, margarine/butter tubs, ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, soup pots, meat trays, fruit punnets.
- Bathroom – liquid soap bottles, mouth wash bottles, shower gel bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, bleach bottles, bathroom cleaner bottles.
- Bedroom – moisturiser pots and tubs, body lotion bottles, talcum powder bottles.”
Norfolk’s recycling centres also accept lots of materials for recycling. Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres to find your nearest site and what you can recycle there.