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Northamptonshire Says "We Do!" this Recycle Week

People of Northamptonshire are being urged to shout loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle for this year’s Recycle Now campaign.

With BBC’s Blue Planet II highlighting the issue of plastics in our oceans, and a range of developments towards reducing single-use plastics, the nation has been motivated to care about the environment in a way seldom seen before.

Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally-friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

So for its 15th annual Recycle Week (24-30 September), Recycle Now is tasking residents to build on the national momentum for change by focussing on getting their recycling right.

Northamptonshire is a county of recyclers, with residents recycling around half of their household waste on average.

But new research from Recycle Now shows while people in the UK say doing their bit for the environment is one of the primary motivations for recycling, more than three quarters of households (76%) add items to their recycling collection that are not accepted locally, which can be problematic in the recycling process. And more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership is urging people to follow these top tips to improve the county’s recycling rate still further:

  • Recycle more of these items: aerosols, bleach bottles, foil, shampoo bottles, and pots, tubs and trays
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: nappies, carrier bags.

 Craig Stephens, campaign manager for Recycle Now, said: “This year we’ve all taken more notice of our impact on the environment, and realised that recycling is part of reducing that impact. Here in Northamptonshire it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on, Northamptonshire, keep up the great work and let’s make the county’s recycling better than ever before!”

 Cllr Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “Here in Northamptonshire we are doing better than ever to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste – however we can still do more!  Each Council in the county offers comprehensive kerbside recycling services for a wide range of recyclable materials and I would urge you to check that you are recycling everything that you can.”

 To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit

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