Encouraging residents to recycle more
Southampton City Council is showing its commitment to recycling by asking residents to continue to do their bit to help protect the environment. This year is the 15th annual Recycle Week (24-30 September), and people all over the UK are focusing on getting their recycling right.
Recycling rates in Southampton have increased in recent years, but there’s still more to do to get to where we need to be. We’re keen to support residents to help them to get it right and will be sharing handy info, links, tips and advice on our social and digital media channels this week.
In fact, as a nation we are recycling more than ever before. New research from Recycle Now shows while people in the UK say doing their bit for the environment is one of the primary motivations for recycling; over three quarters of UK households (76%) add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally, which can be problematic in the recycling process. Meanwhile more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.
In Southampton, the top five contaminants that we find in household recycling bins are:
• Recycling put in plastic bags or black plastic sacks – not being left loose
• Plastics other than plastic bottles (pots, tubs, trays)
• Textiles – old clothes, bedding and towels
• Glass bottles and jars
Unfortunately contaminated waste can sometimes lead to whole recycling collections having to be discarded at the local material recovery facility. Another problem is excessive amounts of food waste, where tins and jars haven’t been rinsed out.
Cabinet Member for Transport and Public Realm at Southampton City Council, Councillor Jacqui Rayment said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank residents in the city for the effort they make to recycle as much they can. Recycle Week helps to inform people as to what should and shouldn’t be going in to their recycling bins. If you’re ever unsure about an item then just visit southampton.gov.uk/recycle where you'll find a clear list of what can be recycled in Southampton.”