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It’s Recycle Week (21-27 September) and this year we’ll be taking our time to say thank you to our waste key workers for their continued service and to all of the residents who have continued to recycle despite all that has happened this year.

This is the 17th annual Recycle Week and Redditch Borough Council, alongside local businesses and other organisations are joining in with a range of activities to highlight the importance of recycling.

The council will be lighting up key buildings around the area in green as a way of saying thank you and any local businesses or households who would like to do the same are invited to do so. Throughout the week there will be a number of educational posts and Q&A feed added to the council’s social media channels for anyone to ask questions about elements of recycling which they find confusing. Residents can show their support for our waste key workers by adding the #ThankCrew frame to their pictures.

Statistics released by Recycle Now show that through lockdown the UK has become even more environmentally aware, with nearly 9 in 10 households saying they ‘regularly recycle’.  Coming out of lockdown, more people are prepared to change their lifestyles for the better and help the environment: 73 per cent, up from 68 per cent in 2019. An amazing 93 per cent of UK households say they believe that ‘everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment’.

The figures come from research carried out during lockdown and an omnibus survey completed in July.

Cllr Brandon Clayton, whose portfolio covers Environmental Services, said: “Our waste staff have risked their own wellbeing to continue serving our residents so please help us say thank you to them during Recycle Week. They truly deserve it.

“Whilst the world’s eyes may have been focused on Coronavirus, climate change is still an enormous problem and it isn’t going away any time soon, so I must also thank all of the residents who continued to do their bit and recycle during these difficult times. We must not lose the momentum. Together we can make a huge difference.”

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK, said: “It’s fantastic to see that despite everything that has been thrown at them this year, more people than ever are taking responsibility for protecting the environment by choosing to recycle. This is something we can all do, wherever we live – an individual action that, when performed by everyone, adds up to a huge change.

“Redditch borough council’s recycling and waste workers have been real heroes too, providing the best service possible under the most difficult of circumstances.

“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone for continuing to recycle, whatever their circumstances and to celebrate the way we have all pulled together. There has been a positive leap forward in attitudes that we must capitalise on so we can do even better in the coming year!”

For more information about recycling in your area, visit www.letswasteless.com.

For more information visit Recycle Now