Recycle Week is coming up fast – it takes place 22-28 June – and Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) says it is a great opportunity for families to make sure they are doing all they can to waste less, recycle more and save money.
Recycle Week’s theme is “recycling around the home” to remind everyone that as well as collecting items from the kitchen to recycle, there are many more waste items found around the home that can be saved from costly and polluting landfill.
From the bathroom, collect cardboard loo roll tubes, toothpaste boxes and plastic toiletries bottles. Gather up old magazines and deodorant cans from the bedroom.
Elsewhere you may find spent aerosol cans of air freshener or polish, old tissue boxes and cardboard packaging from on-line sales, or
For “recycling around the home” ideas and inspiration in Recycle Week, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk, or see SWP’s Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SomersetWaste or Twitter https://twitter.com/SomersetWaste.
Somerset’s council tax payers spend £12 million a year landfilling their own waste in carefully constructed holes in the countryside, and most of that cost is tax.
Half the waste now being buried could be recycled in the containers each home has beside its rubbish bin and 10% more could be recycled at Somerset’s recycling sites – an instant £6m-£7m potential saving.
A third of the average Somerset rubbish bin is food waste, which can be easily transformed into electricity and agricultural compost at the country’s anaerobic digestion plant near Bridgwater.
Somerset Waste Partnership is the local authority team managing waste and recycling services for Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council.