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September 2021

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1. The year Teignbridge is 'Stepping It Up' in the fight against Climate Change!

JJ Chalmers
JJ Chalmers is the face behind this year's recycling week

Teignbridge is supporting this year's national Recycle Week (20-26 September) in a bid to make current recycling rates even better.

Recycle Now and Teignbridge are asking residents to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change and take action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

This year Recycle Now welcomes a celebrity ambassador to front Recycle Week and is delighted to be working with TV Presenter, Invictus Games Medallist and Strictly Come Dancing Star JJ Chalmers for the national campaign.

JJ is a keen environmentalist and is partnering with Recycle Now to inspire the nation to ‘Step It Up’ in the fight against climate change. JJ Chalmers said: “I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s campaign. I’m passionate about the environment and how we can battle climate change. I am delighted to be working with the Recycle Now team on what has become a really important week of action across the UK. I really want to encourage people to look at what they are doing and how they can ‘Step It Up’ and do even more… even better.”

Recycle Now and Teignbridge are asking the nation to ‘Step It Up’ and perfect our recycling habits.

Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that almost 9 out of 10 people now recycle.

However, 55% of households put items in the general rubbish bin that can be recycled; including food waste, foil, aerosols, and plastic toiletry and cleaning product bottles and trays. This is where we can all ‘Step It Up’ and help fight climate change by recycling.

Recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.

Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, Teignbridge District Council's Executive Member for Waste and Recycling Services, said: "It’s great to have JJ Chalmers heading up this year’s National Recycle Week and here at Teignbridge we are all up for the challenge to protect our beautiful district and combat climate change by recycling even more.

"Our waste and recycling teams have stepped up during the pandemic and now we are asking residents to do the same.

"Let’s all start by ensuring that no food waste goes into our black wheelie bins but instead is put into the blue caddies provided, so that it can be processed into electricity, heat and bio-fertiliser. In addition, clothing is one of the largest costs to our environment – it takes 3,780 litres of water just to make one pair of jeans so please pop those unwanted clean and wearable clothes in a bag and put them in a carrier bag - not a bin bag - next to your recycling boxes or take them to a recycling bank.

"If we all recycle together, we can make a difference here in Teignbridge."

Top tips for recycling in Teignbridge:

  • Recycle more of these items: food waste including tea bags, fruit and veg peelings and any plate scrapings, detergent bottles and plastic food trays. You can put your food waste in your blue food waste container and your plastic packaging in your black recycling box.
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling boxes: plastic wrapping, plastic plant pots and drinks cartons. Plastic bags and wrapping need to be disposed of in your black general waste bin. Alternatively, some supermarkets now have collection points for these plastics. Cartons can be taken to a carton recycling bank.

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, said: “This year we’re focussed on how recycling can help fight climate change and how by recycling even better we can have a bigger impact on our environment. Here in Teignbridge it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on, Teignbridge, keep up the great work and let’s make the district’s recycling better than ever before!”

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to find out what you can and can’t recycle where you live, visit the Recycle Now website.