Recycle Week: Nottinghamshire calls upon residents to take recycling into their own hands as part of National Recycle Week

Recycle Week: Nottinghamshire calls upon residents to take recycling into their own hands as part of National Recycle Week

Nottinghamshire is proud to be taking recycling into its own hands.In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever from the 23rd to 29th September 2019, Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractor) are supporting the Recycle Now project which is asking residents to take recycling into their own hands and take action to protect our environment.


2019 is the year of the environmental activist and we have seen nationally a number of protests and marches. People have had enough of the status quo; things need to change urgently. Inspired by Our Planet, Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough - environmental concerns have never been so important to the nation.


For the 17th annual Recycle Week Recycle Now is capitalising on this heightened awareness and energy right here in Nottinghamshire; tasking residents to act and focus on getting recycling right during Recycle Week. The week will be full of action asking people to rinse, crush, squash, sort and separate - in the bathroom, the kitchen, the office and the great outdoors.  We will be highlighting the good work from Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycling ambassadors within Nottinghamshire, and hope to inspire everyone to think about the waste they produce, and how to recycle correctly.


Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice Chair of Communities and Place at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “Taking care of our environment has never been so important, and recycling week is another great opportunity for the council to help support our residents make recycling an easy part of everyday life. The more we can do locally, even the small things, all add up and can help reduce the impact that we have not just here in Nottinghamshire, but across the country.”


Lea Hawkes, General manager for Veolia, said: “Help us make a difference this Recycle Week. For those who aren’t already recycling, now’s the time to start. Interest in recycling is higher than ever, and we hope that everyone in Nottinghamshire will take recycling into their own hands and ensure that the right items end up in the right bin.”


Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago because of environmental concerns.


The research shows that more and more UK households are recycling plastic drinks, cleaning, toiletry and shampoo bottles, amongst other items including cardboard and metal tin cans. Nearly a third of these people cite environmental concerns as the main reason for doing more and others attribute it to an increased awareness of what can be recycled. Whilst the research showed an increase in recycling, it also showed that UK households sometimes incorrectly put items like nappies, toys and toothpaste tubes in the recycling bin.


Top tips for recycling in Nottinghamshire:

●  Recycle all of your plastic bottles (without lids), and don’t forget that aerosol cans can go in your kerbside recycling bin with your cans, tins, paper, card, yoghurt pots and margarine tubs too.

●  Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: Food waste, nappies, food trays, punnets, clothing, carrier bags and polystyrene.


And if you’re at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, remember that the Nottinghamshire Recycling Leaflet can be downloaded in a range of languages from here:


Nottinghamshire has a great range of individuals, groups, schools and charities who are taking Reducing, Reusing, Repurposing and Recycling into their own hands. Keep an eye on our social media channels and the hashtag #RecycleForNotts for lots of great ideas and competitions during the week to ensure everyone can get involved.


Recycle Week Case studies (available at

  • Repurposing green wood and reclaimed timber - Steve Hunt woodworker (Rushcliffe) - prize draw
  • Redistributing donated furniture and household items to families and individuals facing distress and hardship - The Furniture Project (Newark and Sherwood) - prize draw
  • Repairing and upcycling clothing that would have usually gone to waste - Oh Sew Suzy (Mansfield) - prize draw
  • Reusing Denim - Martha at [email protected] (Gedling) - prize draw
  • Upcycling and repurposing wood - Collingham and District Men in Sheds (Newark and Sherwood) - prize draw
  • Repurposing car tyres as planters - The Childrens Green champion group at Carr Hill Primary School (Bassetlaw) 

Events taking place around Recycle Week

Saturday 21st September 10am - 2pm - Victoria Repair Cafe, Lutterell Hall, Church Drive, West Bridgford, NG2 6AY (Rushcliffe)

Monday 23rd September 6pm - 9pm - Free Make Do and Mend workshop - Designer Denim at Mansfield MRF (Booking essential)

Thursday 26th September 10 - 11.30am or 1.30 - 3pm - Recycling Open Day at Mansfield MRF (Booking essential)

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About Recycle Week

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual event to build awareness of and encourage increased participation in recycling behaviour. It is organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand and will take place this year in the last week of September (23rd -29th September).


About Recycle Now

Pioneers of a new normal. Experienced doers. And passionate leaders of the UK’s recycling movement. Through Recycle Now, we work collaboratively with the UK’s biggest organisations to realise our vision of a future where recycling is the new normal.