Wales is already the third best recycling nation in the world, and the Mighty Mission to get us to number one continues into Recycle Week 2021 from 20 to 26 September.
This year’s theme is ‘Step It Up this Recycle Week’, which aims to encourage everyone to pull together and recycle more of the right things more often. In Wrexham, last year our recycling figure was 66.86% (April 2020-March 2021), and for the first quarter of this year (April 2021-June2021) we recycled 70.41%.
Recycling plays an essential role in tackling climate change and it’s a simple thing that everyone can do to help make a real impact. We’re fully supportive of this in Wrexham and we have our own Decarbonisation Action Plan as we look to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.
Recycling is now the norm in Wales, with over 92% of us recycling regularly as part of our daily routine. We’re recycling fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells and plate scrapings in our food caddies; recycling from every room including the bathroom and bedroom, and recycling tricky items such as empty aerosols.
But we need your help to get us to number one by recycling more of the right things more often, together.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We should be proud of our recycling efforts, but there is still more we can do. Almost half of us are still not recycling everything we can, so if we’re to help Wales reach the coveted top spot we need to step it up and recycle even more. Together we can help get Wales to number one and protect the planet by recycling more of the right things, every time.”
Mighty tips to get Wales to number one
- Recycling our food waste is one of the easiest ways to give our recycling rate a big boost. Put any food waste, however small, in your food waste caddy to ensure it gets collected every week.
- Recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen door; remember to recycle from other rooms too. You’d be amazed just how much bathroom waste such as empty shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and shower gel bottles can be recycled.
- Most people know that water bottles, cans, and paper and card can be recycled, but don’t forget that you can also recycle more unusual items such as empty aerosols.
- Squash your cans, pots, tubs and trays to save space in your recycling bag, bin, box or caddy. Give them a quick rinse when you are washing up before recycling them.
- If Wales is going to get to number one, we all have to play our part. This means spreading the Mighty Mission on social media by sharing your recycling pics and tips using #BeMightyRecycle and #RecycleWeek.