Roses are red, recycling bins are blue, recycle your paper and valentine's cards too!

10 February 2014

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That's the message from Everyday Hero `Kathy the Green Crusader' as she embarks on her quest to encourage Woking residents to love recycling and become an Everyday Hero by recycling their paper and card, including Valentine's cards.

Through a promotional campaign over the next 12 months, Kathy and host of familiar superheroes, aim to inspire recycling practices and show how easy it is for everyone to be an everyday hero and recycle for Woking; making the Borough a cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit now and in the future.

By recycling paper and card at the kerbside, residents can help to:

  • save money - 855 tonnes of card and paper were thrown away in black bins last year, costing 68,000

  • save the planet - landfill sites have limited capacity and emit harmful gasses

  • save energy - it takes 70% less energy to make paper from recycled materials.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, said: "Last year in Woking, residents threw away 855 tonnes of card and paper, which costs the Borough more to dispose of than to recycle. By using Woking's recycling bins, you can become an Everyday Hero and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and ensure valuable resources are reused.

"However, it's not only your cards that can be recycled this Valentine's Day, but your chocolate boxes, wine bottles and food containers too. So, recycle and love Woking this Valentine's Day."

Materials that can be recycled in your blue recycling container include paper and card such as newspapers and magazines, junk mail, toilet roll tubes, ready meal sleeves, cardboard boxes and letters. Glass, household plastic packaging and tins and can also go into the blue lidded container.

For more information about what items you can recycle and to find out more about the Everyday Heroes campaign, visit www.woking.gov.uk/everydayheroes, call 01483 755855 or tweet @WokingCouncil using #RecycleForWoking