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Bradford Council urge residents to recycle to fight climate change

Research suggests that 55% of waste binned each year can be recycled.

Bradford Council is urging residents to ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week, which starts on Monday 20 September in the fight against climate change and take action to protect the environment through even better recycling habits.

The 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 toiletries (shampoo and conditioner bottles), clear plastic trays and cleaning and bleach bottles. This is where Bradford Council are challenging residents to ‘Step It Up’.

Everyone can fight climate change simply by recycling more because recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

Recycling items at the end of their life saves 18 million tonnes ofCO2 every year, the equivalent of 12 million cars.  Image by Nareeta Martin

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, falling between 20 – 26 September.

The Recycling Team will be hitting the streets throughout the week, talking to residents on their doorsteps about how to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste they produce.

There will also be a recycling roadshow taking place on Tuesday 21 September in City Park, Bradford.

Staff will be available to answer any queries residents may have, provide handy hints and tips and show what items should be put in each bin. They will also take orders for extra recycling bins.

Hints and tips on what to recycle will also be shared throughout the week on social media and through bulletins.

59% of all plastic bottles in the UK are collected for recycling. Image by Tanvi sharma.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “The climate crisis is a serious issue but it’s one that we can all do our bit to help tackle. I know we’ve got a strong community of recyclers in our District, but let’s see if we can all ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week.

“I urge everyone who already recycles to think again about every item they put in their general waste bin – could it have gone in the recycling bin instead? To those who don’t recycle, I challenge them to start, even if it’s just in a small way at first by putting all their paper and card in the recycling bin and then adding glass, cans and plastics as they change their behaviour and habits. Every little helps.”

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.

“Here in Bradford District, 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, Bradford District, keep up the great work and let’s make the district’s recycling better than ever before!”

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.

Mr Chalmers is a keen environmentalist and is partnering with Recycle Now to inspire the nation to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change. He 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.”

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