District council has good cause to celebrate Recycle Week

THIS week is Recycle Week and its cause for celebration for Staffordshire Moorlands after increasing increase its rates of recycling to over 56 per cent

To keep building on this result, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is asking people to be 'stay at home heroes' by recycling as much as they can of their waste from around the house.

Examples of items that can be recycled include:

· Shampoo and shower gel bottles, toilet roll middles and tissue boxes and bathroom aerosols which go in the grey bin

· Food waste - this goes in brown bins either loose or in compostable bags with the EN13432 standard code and the seed logo

Coun Sav Scalise, cabinet member for the Environment, said: "Thanks to the efforts of people across the Moorlands our recycling rates have reached 56.4 per cent. This is a great achievement but we want to improve on it even more.

"We are all becoming increasingly aware of our impact on our environment and we can all contribute in a positive way by recycling more of our household waste. Recycle Week is the ideal time to renew our commitment to doing so.

"But it's important that we do it right - whilst many everyday items are recyclable we often find them in blue-lidded bins. There's a quick and easy guide to which items should go in which bins on our website so please take a look to see if you're throwing away items which you could recycle and let's get our rate up even higher!"

Items which can't be recycled in the grey bin include nappies, crisp packets and chocolate wrappers, plastic bags and film, black plastic items and containers with food or drink still in them. These items will contaminate recycling loads and undo the good work of including items which can be accepted.

For more information go to www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/BinsHelp

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