Date: 21 September 2018
Know your plastics …..
Residents in West Oxfordshire are being urged swot up on their plastics in a bid to boost recycling rates in the District.
Plastics that can be recycled include pots, food trays and bottles, most of which are in everyday use in the kitchen and bathroom.
But about 18 per cent of what is collected in the Council’s blue-lidded recycling bins is non-recyclable with one of the most common incorrect items being flimsy plastics such as carrier bags and cling-film.
Cllr Steve Good, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Knowing which plastics can be recycled is confusing, but it is important that we get it right. As well as wanting to recycle as much as possible, there is a cost of placing items in the wrong bin as they have to be removed at the processing plant and this often done manually.
“We are keen to build on the momentum created by powerful TV programmes such as Blue Planet II which have shown how damaging plastic pollution can be. They have motivated many more people to care about the environment in a way they never have before.”
To access the guide see www.westoxon.gov.uk/plastics
A team of recycling advisors have also been visiting hundreds of households offering advice and answering queries.
West Oxfordshire’s plastics awareness campaign runs alongside national Recycle Week 2018 which is focusing on helping people to get their recycling right and the impact waste plastic has on the environment.
National Recycle Week runs from 24 to 28 September.
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