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Council is ‘Stepping It Up’ in the Fight Against Climate Change for Recycle Week 2021

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is proud to ‘Step It Up’ this Recycle Week in the biggest and best Recycle Week ever. Recycle Now and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is asking residents to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle.

However, 55% of households put items in the general rubbish bin that can be recycled, including foil, aerosols, and plastic toiletry (shampoo and conditioner bottles), plastic trays and cleaning and bleach bottles. This, say Recycle Now and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, is where we need to ‘Step It Up’. We can all help fight climate change by recycling because recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

Every year Recycle Week unites retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, national and local governments and the media to focus on how recycling can play a part in limiting the pressure we put on the planet through our use of natural resources.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason, said,“This year we’ve all taken more notice of our impact on the environment, and realised that recycling is a key part of reducing that impact. Our latest recycling rates show that more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right by reducing contamination in our recycling bins. I really want to encourage all our residents across the district to look at what they are doing, how they can ‘Step It Up’ throughout Recycle Week and beyond to tackle climate change. One of the easiest ways residents can address this issue is by recycling more of the right things, more often.”

Recycle Now and Newry, Mourne and Down District Councilare here to help! Newry, Mourne and Down is an area of recyclers so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right by reducing contamination in our recycling bins. One of the easiest ways residents can address this issue is by recycling more of the right things, more often. Here are some top tips that residents can do to help us recycle right:

  • Your Blue Bin is for dry recycling materials including glass, bottles and jars
  • Your Brown Bin is for ALL food waste
  • Your Black Bin is for all materials that cannot be recycled
  • Remember: Recycling materials MUST NOT be placed in your Black Bin

If residents are unsure about how to recycle a specific item or need more information on recycling materials at home please visit: www.newrymournedown.org/blue-green-bin

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now said, “This year we’re focussed on how recycling can help fight climate change and how by recycling even better we can have a bigger impact on our environment. Here in Newry, Mourne and Down 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, Newry, Mourne and Down, keep up the great work and let’s make recycling better than ever before!”

For the second year running major brands are putting their support behind the Week by donating to help fund it including: Amazon, British Soft Drinks Association, Britvic, Coca-Cola, Coop, Danone, innocent drinks, Listerine, McDonald’s, The Natural Source Waters Association, Ocado, PepsiCo, Prevented Ocean Plastic, Waitrose and Partners UK.

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to find out what you can and can’t recycle where you live, visit www.recyclenow.org.uk/RecycleWeek or www.newrymournedown.org/blue-green-bin

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