Know your plastics and help increase recycling rates

A new campaign is being launched today to encourage people in Gloucestershire to learn more about how their plastics are recycled.

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It is called ‘Know your Plastics’ and aims to increase the amount of plastic that is recycled correctly at kerbside. The campaign has been launched by the Gloucestershire Resources and Waste Partnership, which is made up of Gloucestershire County Council and the district councils.

Each district has its own processors and methods for separating and processing plastic recycling, meaning that types of plastic suitable for collection are different in each district.

With many different types of plastics sold, it can be confusing to know which types can and cannot be recycled locally. Understandably, some people resort to putting plastics in their bin hoping they can be recycled, known as “wish-cycling”. However, this can result in extra sorting costs and lower quality materials.

The campaign will focus on questions that residents might have about plastic recycling, such as whether plastic items need to be washed and squashed, are black plastics accepted and should lids be left on or taken off bottles.

Some tips to get you started include:

  • Always wash your recycling – dirty items are not able to be picked up by automated plastic sorting machines
  • Many items like plastic bags, salad bags and crisp packets can’t be added to your kerbside recycling, but they can be recycled at some supermarkets – find your nearest place here: www.recyclenow.com/recycling-locator?rlw-stream=16
  • Check your local district guidance for details about what can be recycled in your area or the Gloucestershire Recycles website – www.gloucestershirerecycles.com/plastics/

You can find out more about the campaign and share hints and tips on plastic recycling by looking out for #GreenerGloucestershire on social media.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “We are committed to creating a Greener Gloucestershire and increasing our recycling rates is an important part of that.

“Recycling helps to reduce carbon emissions and the amount of plastic getting into our natural environments, which can harm wildlife, so I would encourage everyone to support this campaign and ensure they are recycling plastics properly.”

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