Recycling Week 2012 kicks off on Monday 18 June – 22 June and City of York Council is using the opportunity to push the Zero Waste challenge.
The focus of this year’s Recycling Week is on the plastic bottle. With less than 50 per cent of plastic bottles making it to the recycling bin, and over 15 million used daily, the push is for people to ensure they recycle all bottles during Euro 2012 in their kerbside recycling box or bin.
If everyone in the UK recycled one more plastic bottle during recycle week 2012 we would have saved enough energy to power 71,000 plasma screen TVs for a year.
Cllr Sandy Fraser, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “The response to the Zero Waste York challenge so far has been fantastic. Last year residents recycled or composted around 47 per cent of household waste, but this year we want to take this figure even higher.
“The challenge started with residents in communal properties being asked how they felt they could recycle more and what challenges they faced when trying to increase their own recycling. Over the coming weeks the Zero Waste York team at City of York Council have pledged to use the information gathered to improve recycling facilities in communal properties.”
Throughout the year the Zero Waste York team will be working with different communities across York to increase recycling and reduce waste by one percent, which works out at about 900 tonnes of rubbish across the city.