Wigan Borough residents urged to 'Step It Up' in the fight against climate change

Wigan Borough residents urged to 'Step It Up' in the fight against climate change

Wigan Borough’s regular recyclers who are helping to ‘step it up’ in the fight against climate change have been praised for setting a fine example.

To mark the beginning of the UK-wide Recycle Week, all residents are being urged to help boost the borough’s rates even further.

At the start of the pandemic, with people spending more time at home, waste collection teams saw an increase of more than 18 per cent for recycled waste.

Although this has reduced with the lifting of Covid restrictions, the council’s environment teams are pleased to report that the collected tonnages continue to be far higher than before the pandemic.

Wigan Borough’s rates at its recycling centres has improved on last year by more than seven per cent.

Councillor Paul Prescott, Wigan Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said: “We’re really proud of the commitment shown by our residents to recycling, which is reflected in our recycling rates continuing to be high as life begins to look a little more normal.

“Recycling is one of the easiest ways we can drive down emissions. It’s important that we continue working together to keep up the momentum with our efforts, so please continue to do your bit to recycle whenever possible and help to protect our planet and make our borough the greenest place it can be.”

According to Recycling Now, nine in 10 people nationally now recycle. Residents are being challenged to take their recycling to the next level, making sure they recycle as much as possible and placing the correct items in the correct bins.

First staged in 2004, Recycle Week is now the UK’s largest national annual recycling campaign. As part of the awareness week Wigan Council will be sharing top recycling tips on its social media accounts.

Craig Stephens, campaign manager for Recycle Now, added: “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 Wigan Borough it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. Let’s keep up the great work and let’s make the borough’s recycling better than ever before!”

It is really important that we all put the right items in the right bins and in particular our brown bins, as we are beginning to find more carrier bags and plastic film placed in them. The rise is being attributed to some supermarkets advertising in-store recycling of these items, but these items can’t be put in your recycling bins at home.

Residents are encouraged to do their bit and take their carrier bags and film to stores offering this service.

Find out more about Recycle Week.

Posted on Monday 20th September 2021

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