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It's Recycle Week 2017!

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25 Sep

Recycle Week 2017 takes place this week – 25 September to 1 October - an annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of recycling. Recycling week aims to get everyone recycling more items more often by raising awareness of the benefits and dispelling some of the myths that still surround recycling.

Through our daily recycling and resource management activities the William Tracey Group is doing everything it can to recycle paper, plastics, cardboard, cans and more.

We are supporting the Zero Waste Scotland ‘Waste Warrior’ campaign, working with our customers, suppliers and employees, to encourage people and households from across the country to do their bit by recycling as much as they can, whilst highlighting commonly forgotten items such as aerosols, shampoo bottles, tea bags and egg shells.

Scotland’s recycling rate has increased from 5% in 2005 to 44% in 2014. We need to keep improving to meet Scottish Government targets of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025. By supporting Recycle Week, we can all help to boost recycling rates and contribute to our zero waste targets. Three of the myths challenged during Recycling Week 2017 are:

Myth 1: 45% of Scots think that one person can’t make a difference by Recycling.

  • The reality is: Every single item makes a difference. If we all recycled just one more drinks can each week, Scottish councils would save £3 million a year.

Myth 2: 80% of Scots believe they’re already recycling everything they can.

  • The reality is: It is estimated that 60% of household waste currently ending up in landfill could be recycled. Take a closer look at items not recycled: toilet tube rolls and plastic bottles in the bathroom for example.
  • 44% of plastic bottles sent to landfill by the average household. There are blind spots in most households: In the kitchen you’ll probably recycle those plastic drinks bottles, but in the bathroom chances are you won’t think twice about putting plastic shampoo bottles or toilet roll holders in the black bin bag waste.

Myth 3: A fifth of Scots believe anything can go in the general waste bin, but that’s just not true.

  • The reality is: Last year we spent £57 million landfilling items that could have been recycled instead – that’s money that could have been spent benefitting the community.

A small effort can have a big impact; when it comes to recycling, every little bit really does help. Please make a commitment to recycling more items, more often, as you go about your daily business – during Recycle Week and beyond.