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Campaign will aim to lift recycling rates

Published Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Enfield Council is launching a new campaign designed to boost recycling rates in the borough.

Recycling Although Enfield Council is working really hard to make it easy for residents to recycle, lots of items which can be recycled are still being put in with the rubbish, or the wrong items are being placed in recycling. This can result in a whole lorry load of recycling being rejected and sent to landfill – which costs the Council a significant amount of money.

The new campaign entitled ‘It’s easy to recycle’ will raise awareness of what can and can’t be recycled, increase recycling rates in Enfield, and save the Council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

Each year Enfield Council recycles 39% of its waste, but wants to increase this to 50% by 2020. Hitting this target would save the Council about £1 million a year.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said “Residents are doing an excellent job, but, nonetheless, we want them to redouble their efforts. We are doing everything we can to make recycling simple, from our clearly colour-coded bins to recycling collections, which serve flats. However, far too much waste is still being thrown away, which can and should be recycled.

“We are, therefore, asking residents to ‘think again’ before throwing away any household or food waste to check to see if it can be recycled. For example, many people forget their bathroom bin when sorting the rubbish; this often contains many recyclable plastic bottles, which can be recycled - Just remember to rinse them out first!

“Reducing landfill costs and creating a cleaner borough is in everyone’s interests. By significantly increasing our recycling rates we could save the borough millions of pounds each and every year and make a real difference to our environment”.

To find out more about what can be recycled go here: Link

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