Be fantastic, recycle your plastic!
16 April 2014
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This Easter, Woking residents are being asked to join John, Woking's `Fantastic Mr Plastic', and recycle their plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays using their blue-lidded recycling bin or sack.
Last year, Woking Borough Council collected nearly 34,500 tonnes of household waste, of which 1,851 tonnes was recyclable plastic. However, only 238 tonnes of plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays were put in recycling bins. The rest was put in black bins, resulting in 1,613 tonnes of valuable resources being lost.
Throwing plastic away in the black bin costs more than it would to recycle. In fact, if residents did recycle all their recyclable plastics last year, they could have saved around £130,000 in disposal costs.
It isn't just money that could be saved; Woking's residents could help save the planet too. Recycling their plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays enables resources to be used again and again and reduces the demand for oil, which is a non-renewable fossil fuel used to produce plastics. Using recycled plastic to manufacture new products also uses 75% less energy than it would take to create products from raw materials.
Mark Tabner, Woking Borough Council's Contracts and Project Support Manager, said: "Last year in Woking, residents threw away 1,613 tonnes of recyclable plastic, which costs the Borough £130,000 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 plastic bottles, pots and tubs that can be recycled this Easter, but your Easter egg boxes and food containers too. So, recycle and love Woking this Easter."
Woking residents can recycle all plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, including drinks, toiletry and cleaning product bottles (including bottle tops), yoghurt, soup and sauce pots, butter, margarine and ice cream tubs, ready meal, cake and pastry, meat and fish trays. Simply put them into your blue-lidded recycling bin or sack.
Remember, Woking Borough Council will always collect extra recycling, just make sure it's placed in securely tied plastic bags to avoid any paper or card from getting wet.
Woking residents are reminded that there will be no change to their waste and recycling collections this Easter break.
Your blue-lidded recycling bin will be collected as normal on Good Friday (18 April) and your black lidded bin will be collected as normal on Easter Monday (21 April).
For more information about recycling or to read the latest `Everyday Heroes' Comic, visit www.woking.gov.uk/everydayheroes, call 01483 755855 or tweet @WokingCouncil using #RecycleForWoking.