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Let’s step up our recycling efforts this Recycle Week

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley residents are being encouraged to step up their recycling efforts during Recycle Week (20 – 26 Sept) in the fight against climate change.

Recycling can help us solve some of our biggest environmental problems. Nationally recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

And although the latest research reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle, more than half of us – 55% – are still putting items in the general rubbish bin that could be recycled.

These include items such as shampoo and conditioner bottles, as well as cleaning and bleach bottles.

There are also unrecyclable items, such as plastic bags and yoghurt pots, ending up in the grey bin – which can result in an entire bin load of recycling being wasted. Only bottle shaped plastics can be recycled in Knowsley.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “This is where we need to ‘Step It Up’. By taking simple steps to recycle these everyday items and making sure we don’t put anything in our grey bins that shouldn’t be there, we can all make a difference.

“Knowsley residents proved they could ‘step it up’ during last year’s lockdowns when recycling rates in the borough improved significantly – but we need to maintain those efforts.

“As well as recycling, there are lots of other things we can do to help fight climate change, such as continuing to reduce our use of single use plastics by using refillable drinks bottles and coffee cups.”

Can I recycle more?

Top tips for recycling in Knowsley:

  • Did you know you can recycle bathroom plastics, such as shampoo and perfume bottles? All bottle-shaped plastics can be disposed of in your grey bin.
  • Having a celebration? Greetings cards and wrapping paper (stripped of Sellotape and embellishments) can be recycled.
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: yogurt pots, butter and margarine containers, meat trays, plastic bags.
  • Remember never put facemasks in your recycling bin.

If you’re unsure about how to recycle a specific item, and for information about all things recycling, visit the Recycle Right website www.recycleright.org.uk

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to find out what you can and can’t recycle where you live, visit www.recyclenow.org.uk/RecycleWeek

 What can I do to fight climate change?

There are some simple things that we can all do to make a difference.

  • If you’re returning to the workplace, remember to pack your lunch in reusable containers, and use a refillable drinks bottle
  • Having a clear out? Local charity shops are always on the lookout for good quality clothes and household goods. There are also clothes banks across Knowsley. Find your nearest recycling point.
  • Use a bar of soap instead of liquid soap in a plastic bottle.
  • Use bio-degradable dog poo bags.
  • Leave the car at home – walk, bike or use public transport if you can.

Find out more about Knowsley Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan