‘Getting real’ about recycling in Wigan borough

Recycle Week is the nation’s biggest annual celebration of recycling and Wigan Council is fronting a campaign aimed at helping answer residents’ questions on the subject.
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Following its biggest year ever in 2021, Recycle Week is back and is all about “getting real.”

Running to October 23, the campaign will focus on three common questions that many of us have when it comes to recycling: – Does my recycling really make a difference? One item in the bin can’t hurt, can it? Recycling is so confusing, isn’t it?

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Wigan Council and Recycle Now are sharing recycling information to answer these questions and show that we really can make a difference from minimising waste, reducing carbon emissions, and doing our bit for the planet.

Coun Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said; “Recycling is so important and we try to make it as easy as possible here in Wigan borough for you to recycle from home with paper, cardboard, cans, plastics, food waste and glass all collected by our crews.

“Thanks to your efforts, so far this year, over 37,000 tonnes of material has been recycled, composted or re-used.”

On Friday October 21, between 10am and 1pm, the Armed Forces Hub will be hosting a ‘attery Breakfast with the local authority.

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Residents can bring their used-up batteries for recycling and claim a free brew.

There will also be members of the team on hand to answer questions, and show some household items that have hidden batteries and can be a real danger to recycling crews.

Top tips for recycling in Wigan borough:

Recycle more of these items: toilet roll tubes, and hair spray and deodorant aerosols – lots of things from the bathroom are recyclable.

Get rid of your food waste in your green bin, along with your garden waste. It can go straight in the bin, or in a compostable liner – available for free from the council.

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Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: carrier bags, bread bags, salad bags or plastic film. Lots of supermarkets now offer instore recycling of these.

Please remove batteries from electrical or electronic devices before you recycle them, as they can cause fires and be danger to people. Batteries can be recycled at many supermarkets or at the recycling centres.