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This Recycle Week – Together we Recycle

by Cathy Sheel

We can all make a difference this Recycle Week (21-27 Sept) by taking action to recycle more.

During Recycle Week 2020 we’re recognising the efforts that key workers and householders have made to keep recycling going during the Coronavirus pandemic, helping create positive change in the world around us.

Knowsley’s recycling and waste key workers have heroically carried on collecting our general waste and recycling while the world slowed down around them; and residents have responded by boosting their recycling efforts.

During the months of lockdown, recycling rates improved significantly – in June Knowsley residents recycled 63% more waste than in the same month of the previous year – and there were also increases in April, May and July.

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone for their recycling efforts, but there’s still more we can do.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We are really proud to have been able to maintain all three (household, recycling & gardening) waste collection services for residents throughout the pandemic – and our waste collection teams have worked extremely hard to make sure that happens and ensure we’re able to maintain our recycling performance.

“Our residents have also played their part by recycling even more of their waste during lockdown. But despite the challenges of these difficult times, we must all continue play our part to protect our environment, by continuing to recycle as much as possible and taking simple steps, such as continuing to reduce our use of single use plastics.”

Can I recycle more?

There may be some common household items which end up in the maroon bin when they could be recycled. Here are just a few:

Hand sanitizer bottles: These can go into the grey bin as long as they are empty.  Where possible try to buy refills for your bottles.

Perfume, aftershave bottles: These can be recycled in your grey bin. It helps if you can take the top off and rinse the perfume and aftershave bottles before popping them in.

Medicine bottles – plastic or glass: These can also go in the grey bin as long as they are empty.  Please check with your pharmacy to ensure you are disposing of medication safely.  Always ensure that the bottle is rinsed out before disposal.

Plastic pesticide or garden feed bottles: These can go into the recycling bin, but remember if the plastic container contained hazardous chemicals, please follow the instructions regarding rinsing and disposal.

Don’t put these in the grey bin

Disposable Face Masks: They are highly contaminated and, although they appear to be made of paper, they contain plastic that cannot currently be recycled.  Used face masks should be placed in your maroon bin. Wash your hands immediately after disposal.

Plastic carrier bags or sacks: Please do not be tempted to put your recycling in a plastic bag and then into the recycling bin.  Plastic carrier bags cannot be recycled so your recycling efforts could be wasted.

Other types of paper products, e.g. paper hand towels and used cotton wool: These can’t be recycled and neither can J-cloth kitchen wipes, as these may be stained with food or dirt. Remember only clean cardboard is recyclable. Look out for stains such as grease, food, paint, dirt, etc – please put this contaminated paper in your normal waste bin. Disposable hand wipes should also be placed in your maroon bin and not in the recycling bin or down the toilet.

For more information about all things recycling visit the Recycle Right website www.recycleright.org.uk

Please note that if you are self isolating or are ill with Covid-19 like symptoms you will need to double bag waste and keep separate from other waste for 72 hours