Could you recycle one more thing?

A new campaign is encouraging residents in Shropshire to find ‘one more thing’ that can be recycled.

The ‘recycle one more thing’ promotion highlights the wide range of materials that can be recycled in kerbside recycling boxes and at recycling centres around the county.  Residents will soon notice a pictorial guide to kerbside recycling being delivered to homes across the county by our contractor Veolia, to help them identify more things they can recycle.

We are pretty good at recycling in Shropshire, already recycling about half of all our waste, which is higher than the UK average.  However, many similar areas to Shropshire show that it is possible to recycle even more.  Local evidence from what is collected from kerbside boxes shows that many materials are often forgotton, for example aerosols are one of the most common things that are missed.   Residents also often tell us they are unsure about which types of plastic can be accepted too - so our aim is simply to improve awareness of existing services to boost the amount we recycle.

This simple message applies to every one - we can all recycle one more thing.  For anyone not already recycling, just doing one thing is an easy way to start – every little bit really does help.  Even people who already recycle everything that we collect could commit to try taking extra recycling to a recycling centre or local charity shop as their way of doing 'one more thing'.  

Even the smallest actions go a long way.  For example, if everyone in Shropshire recycled just one more glass jar each week, over 3,000 tonnes more glass would be kept out of landfill each year.  To put that into context, that would weigh about as much as 300 Park & Ride buses, and by recycling that extra waste over £300,000 of taxpayers money would be saved each year!

Visit www.recycleforshropshire.com for ideas about the wide range of everyday items from your home that can be recycled.

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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