TO celebrate Recycle Week, Tameside Council’s Waste Services will have a caravan outside Ashton Market Hall on Tuesday, September 26, from 11am to 2pm.
Staff will be promoting recycling and handing out free caddy liners, and as part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign there will be a cookery demonstration showing how to make the most of leftovers.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for clean and green, said: “I’m proud to say that we can report some impressive recycling figures.
“We are now recycling more waste than we send to landfill, and our recycling rate for August was 58.4 per cent – an improvement of almost five percentage points on 2015-16.
“However, there is room for improvement and we will be using Recycle Week as a platform to do even better. Our aim is to beat 60 per cent in 2017-18.
“By recycling we not only help the planet but avoid paying hefty landfill taxes. The money saved can be diverted to vital frontline services.”
Since increasing blue bin collections in March, Tameside Council has collected almost 400 tonnes more paper and cardboard than in the same period last year, reaching a new total of 4,204 tonnes.
The theme for Recycle Week which takes place from Monday, September 25, to Sunday, October 1, is “Recycling: It’s Worth It”.
Most people forget their plastic bottless, glass, metal and paper seconds after dropping them into the appropriate bin. Yet these items come back in all sorts of different ways.
It may seem unlikely, but the shower-gel or shampoo container you leave in your black bin can be recycled into the material used to make football shirts.
Look out for #RecycleWeek and #ItsWorthIt on social media.