September 25th, 2016

Solihull residents urged to help improve recycling rate

Solihull residents urged to help improve recycling rate Solihull residents urged to help improve recycling rate
Coun Tony Dicicco is urging Silhillians to recycle from across the home not just the kitchen. (s)

SILHILLIANS are being urged to think about expanding their recycling routine to all rooms where they live not just the kitchen as part of Recycle Week.

The theme of this year’s campaign, which runs from June 22 to 28, is ‘recycling around the home’ and aims to get people recycling items they’ve probably never even considered before.

Many households regularly recycle items such as plastic milk bottles and glass bottles from the kitchen, but it’s also easy to recycle many other items from the bathroom, living room and even the bedroom.

The bathroom has a whole heap of items that can be recycled such as cardboard toilet roll tubes and toothpaste boxes and if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.

The bedroom is also home to a variety of recyclable items including tissue boxes, old magazines and deodorant cans, which are all accepted in Solihull’s recycling collections.

Since the new recycling service was introduced last year, residents in Solihull can now recycle even more materials in their brown wheelie bin, clear sacks or communal recycling bins.

However, residents are reminded that certain items such as plastic carrier bags, crisp packets and nappies cannot be recycled, so please make sure you check what can and can’t be recycled before putting your recycling out for collection.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and Regeneration, said: “Residents in Solihull already do a fantastic job of recycling and it makes a huge difference, so I’d like to thank everyone for their recycling efforts.

“But imagine what else could be achieved by recycling those items that are sometimes forgotten.

“We want people to think a little further than the kitchen and recycle items from other rooms in the home.”

There will be two roadshows held at Asda in Chelmsley Wood on Thursday, June 25, from 10am until 2pm and in Mell Square on Friday, July 3, from 10am until 2pm to give residents a chance to find out more about Recycle Week, and recycling across the borough generally.

For more information on recycling in Solihull including what happens to your recycling, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.

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