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Getting real about recycling

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Now in its eighteenth year, Recycle Week, is the nation’s biggest annual celebration of recycling.

The Council House will be lit up green to mark Recycle Week (17-23 October) and the council will also be hosting a free composting webinar with Garden Organic on 20 October which will include a £100 prize draw for attendees.

This year’s campaign will focus on how recycling really can make a difference, the importance of getting it right and making recycling simple. Just one wrong item in the recycling bin can make whole lorry loads unrecyclable and creating unnecessary waste.

Residents can recycle glass, paper, card, drinks and food cans, aerosols and a wide range of plastics including drinks and milk bottles, bleach, washing-up and spray bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and fruit and veg trays.

Some items cannot be recycled and including them in a collection causes contamination and can lead to material being rejected by our processors. These include carrier bags, plastic wrap, black food trays and polystyrene, drinks cartons, crisp packets or chocolate wrappers, pyrex glass and window or sheet glass.

Dudley Council will also be hosting a composting webinar and sharing top recycling tips at 6pm on Thursday 20 October. Email to register

Councillor Shaz Saleem, cabinet member for public realm said:

Recycling in the UK saves 18 million tonnes of Co2 a year. We take a host of items and in the last year or so have expanded the range of plastic items we are able to collect. Just remember to wash and squash your plastic bottles and metal cans. The less space these items take up, the more we can collect and the more efficient our vehicles.
Everyone really can play their part in reducing waste and helping the planet.

Dudley residents can order additional recycling bags and boxes free of charge by visiting

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. It is organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand.


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