Tameside goes green for National Recycle Week

Date Released - 28/09/2018

Residents have been thanked for their continued recycling efforts after Tameside went green for National Recycling Week.

Tameside Council teamed up with the other nine Greater Manchester councils to throw our combined weight behind the campaign, which is raising awareness of recycling up and down the country.

Dukinfield Town Hall was one of several buildings across Greater Manchester lit up every night in green to show that recycling matters.

Tameside Council’s waste services were at Ashton Market Hall on Wednesday (26th) to offer residents advice about recycling and hand out free caddy liners. And the Recycle for GM team visited the Co-op Food Store at Fir Tree Lane, Dukinfield, on Thursday (27th) as part of a regional tour of informative pop-up events. Information and resources were also provided across social media during the week.

Elsewhere, pupils at Millbrook Primary and Nursery School in Stalybridge proved you’re never too young to start recycling. Chair of Governors Mike Robinson, who works in environmental services at the council, held activities with the children to teach them the right way to recycle.

The message for the week was “Recycling. Tameside does. Because it Matters.”

From Blue Planet II to major developments towards reducing unnecessary plastic, people have been motivated to care about the environment this year in a way they never have before. Now in its 15th year, Recycle Week built on the momentum and enthusiasm for recycling and reminded people how to recycle right.

New research from Recycle Now shows that more than half (56%) of people in Greater Manchester put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled; while 86% add one or more item to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally.

Residents in Tameside are being reminded that they can take simple steps to make their recycling even better, including:

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’d like to thank residents in Tameside for their hard work and commitment to recycling right. Thanks to their efforts and that of waste officers, along with innovative schemes such as the Bin Swap, we have successfully increased our recycling rate to well above the UK average for local authorities.

“Recycling is one of the best ways for us to make a positive impact on the environment that we all share and something that everybody can, and should, do. We know what we need to do to increase recycling and reduce waste in Tameside. Let’s keep working together to make it happen.”

Recycling information is available on the websites of Tameside Council (www.tameside.gov.uk/refuseandrecycling) and Recycle for Greater Manchester (https://recycleforgreatermanchester.com).

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