In 2013, more than 46% of household waste was recycled - a GREAT achievement islanders can be proud of. If we all recycle just one more item a week, we can make that MORE THAN 50%!
The Recycling Team will be out and about at various locations around the island in the run-up to the launch of kerbside recycling collections, so islanders can pop along and ask any questions. Just click here to jump to the bottom of this page, where you will find a link to a leaflet giving all the dates, times and venues.
Recycling is coming to your doorstep
To help build on the success to date, starting the week commencing 10th March a new collection service will make recycling easier and more convenient. It is free to all households, and is being provided by the current bin men in each parish. It will include most recyclables now collected at local bring bank sites.
Pick-ups will be on the same evening as your current normal bin night (or one of these nights if you currently have two bin collections a week). Paper and card will be collected one week, and tins, cans, plastic bottles and containers, foil and drink cartons the following week. Special bags are being delivered to every household, which will avoid the need to put out additional bins. Full instructions will also be provided, along with a calendar that will tell you which bag to put out each week.
It is hoped that the added convenience will mean even keen recyclers can do that little bit more. And if you have never recycled before, we hope this new service will provide the help you need to get started.
For more information, visit the frequently asked questions section here.
Manufacturing a product with recycled material uses less energy than making the same product from raw materials.
Recycling old products to make new ones minimises the need to use natural resources. This reduces our reliance on depleting ecosystems, such as forests, and saves natural habitats from destruction. With the depletion of the world's natural resources it is essential we conserve and reuse what we have left.
Be more efficient
Recycling not only cuts out the energy needed to mine or harvest raw materials from wherever they naturally occur on the planet, it also reduces the energy required to ship vast quantities of these materials around the world for processing.