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Global Recycling Day

Working together for a cleaner, greener Borough

by Alison Cornmell

Tomorrow (Friday 18 March) is Global Recycling Day and Knowsley Council is reminding residents of the importance of recycling – sharing some top tips to help improve recycling habits.

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.


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

Please rinse all tins, bottles, glass bottles and jars before recycling to avoid contaminating recycling waste with food.

Place all recycling in your grey bin loose and not in a plastic bag – this can result in the waste not being collected.

There are lots of simple things we can all do to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our bins – and do our bit to tackle climate change.

  • Switch to paperless billing
  • Save old toothbrushes for cleaning jobs – and when you’re ready to buy a new one, consider a compostable bamboo toothbrush
  • 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 ‘bag for life’ when shopping – and for fresh produce too.
  • 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.

*Please note some type 1 plastics can’t be recycled such as liquid laundry detergents.


Following Global Recycling Day, Knowsley Council is also supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s Great Big School Clean and the Great British Spring Clean which both take place 25 March – 10 April.

Knowsley schools have been invited to make a pledge to pick up one bag of litter – or more – and join the #BigBagChallenge. Because one bag makes a big difference.

If every child who attended school in the UK pledged to pick up just one bag of litter during the Great Big School Clean, we could remove 10.3 million bags of litter from our natural environment. If you work on behalf of a school and would like to sign up please click the link below: www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-big-school-clean

Parks’ friends and community groups will also be staging a number of local litter picks in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean.

Litter picks will be taking place at Big Water Lake, Halsnead Park, Prescot on Saturday, 26 March, starting at 10am, Court Hey Park, Huyton on Monday 28 March, starting at 1pm; Stadt Moers Park on Tuesday, 29 March and Saturday, 2 April starting at 10am, Halewood Park on Wednesday, 30 March, starting at 10am, Ten Acre Pits, Huyton on Saturday 2 April, starting at 10am, and Court Farm Wood, Halewood (meeting at the Quernstone in the woods) on Sunday 10 April, starting at 11am.

There are also clean-ups at Saxon Green, Kirkby on Saturday 2 April, 10am start,  at Mill Dam, Kirkby on Thursday 7 April, 1pm start, and at Woolfall Heath Meadow on Friday, 8 April (meet at the River Alt Resource Centre, Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton), starting at 10am.

Keep an eye out on Knowsley News where we’ll share school and community updates.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting such important national campaigns that promote greener and cleaner spaces. By taking simple steps to improve our recycling habits and educating our children on the importance of waste reduction and disposal we can make long term positive change for our environment.


“We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the schools, community groups and volunteers who will be supporting the upcoming Keep Britain Tidy campaigns by becoming local ‘litter heroes.’ Their efforts really are making a difference and embody the true spirit of ‘Knowsley Better Together’, helping to create communities of which we can all be proud.”