Make recycling your New Year's resolution

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18 January 2021

Image showing a recycling iconHealthy eating, keeping fit, reading more books... whatever you are tackling this January, we are asking you to also add 'recycling' to your list of New Year's resolutions.

2021 might not have started the way we had all hoped, but by pledging to make some positives changes, such as recycling more, we can not only feel better and more in control of our own actions, but also make a big difference to our environment.

"To many of us, recycling now comes naturally, we don't even give it a second thought." Says Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste. "In fact, Welsh citizens are some of the best recyclers in the world, with Powys residents currently recycling around 64% of their waste.

"However, new Welsh Government targets require us to do even better, and by 2025 we must reach a county-wide recycling rate of 70%. This means, that we all need to make a determined effort to reduce the amount of waste we throw away and make sure we recycle as much as possible.

"By staying true to the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra, we should all be able to stay on the right track and do our bit. Something positive to feel good about this new year."

A few simple tips to get you on your way to a more sustainable and rewarding lifestyle could be:

Reduce: When food shopping, choose products that have less, or more sustainable, packaging such as loose fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packaged items. Reduce the amount of food waste you have by using up leftovers in homemade soups or other meals, there are some great recipes on www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Reuse: Opt for a reusable water bottle or coffee mug to help reduce the number of single-use bottles or cups you get through. Consider buying items second-hand rather than new and selling or donating items you no longer use instead of throwing them out.

Recycle: Make every effort to recycle as much of your household waste as possible. It's amazing how much stuff can be added to your recycling boxes for the weekly collection - if you're not sure if it's recyclable or not, check out our handy guide online: https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/7744/A-to-Z-of-waste-and-recyclable-items

"Welsh Government figures suggest that although most people are committed recyclers, some people don't recycle as much of their waste as they could." Added Cllr Hulme. "It is estimated that over 35% of the residual domestic rubbish thrown out is made up of recyclable items, including food.

"Just imagine what a difference could be made to our recycling rates, and the environment, if we all added recycling to our New Year's resolution list!"

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