Mid and East Antrim supports Recycle Week 2020

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is supporting Recycle Now’s 17th annual Recycle Week, which runs from 21st – 27th September. The theme for this year’s Recycle Week is ‘Thanking the nation: ‘Together – We Recycle’ – thanking residents for continuing to recycle despite all that has happened this year.

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 to help the environment: 73%, up from 68% in 2019.

And 93% 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.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is supporting Recycle Week and encouraging residents to keep up their excellent work.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “This year’s Recycling Week has a theme of ‘thanks’ so it’s the perfect time to reflect on the crucial role our Refuse teams have played over the past few months.

“During the period of lockdown when our Civic Amenity Sites had to close and we couldn’t access them, our staff carried on working tirelessly.

“When everything else slowed down, they kept going to ensure that services continued to be delivered and as a Borough we continued to recycle. Their efforts and hard work are very much appreciated.

“It’s encouraging to read that 9 in 10 UK households recycle regularly and Bryson House have revealed that NI recycling has increased by approximately 20% during lockdown.

“It’s also reassuring to know that as a Borough we have met and surpassed our European target of 50% by 2020, with MEA currently on a recycling rate of 55.36% for April – June 2020.

“Our next target is 55% by 2025, so we all need to work hard together to achieve this.

“I am also pleased that composting has increased this April – June 2020 (38%) compared to April -June 2019 (36%), perhaps due to more of us staying at home, more of us baking and gardening, generating more waste for composting.

“I’d like to thanks all residents of Mid and East Antrim for carrying on recycling regardless of the challenges we’ve faced.

“Despite everything that’s happened, there’s still one small but powerful act we can do to make a positive change on the world around us. If we all continue to play our part and work together, by recycling more items, more often – we can make our Borough and our planet a healthier place.”

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 in Mid and East Antrim 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.

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

“The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how Mid and East Antrim has cooperated.

“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone in Mid and East Antrim 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 Mid and East Antrim can do even better in the coming year!”

For more information about recycling visit https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/resident/waste-recycling

For more information on Recycle Now, visit www.recyclenow.com

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