Shropshire’s kerbside recycling rises 23% during lockdown

Householders in the Shropshire Council area are being thanked for their recycling efforts.

 New figures show that the amount of paper, card, cans, glass and plastic put out for recycling between April and August 2020 was up 23% – or 2000 tonnes – on the same period last year.

There was also a 7.25% increase in the amount of garden waste collected in the same period.

New national research supports the fact that people across the UK have become more environmentally aware as a s result of the lockdown.

Statistics released today by the Recycle Now campaign to mark the 17th annual national Recycle Week (20 – 27 September) show that nearly 9 in 10 households say they ‘regularly recycle’, and 73 per cent of people are prepared to change their lifestyles to help the environment – up from 68 per cent in 2019.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for for waste , said: “To mark Recycle Week we want to thank people across Shropshire for continuing to recycle despite all that has happened this year. With people staying at home more and for longer we have seen a big increase in the amount of waste put out for recycling and want to say a big thank you to everyone for putting their recyclable waste out for collection.

“I also want to thank our brilliant recycling crews who continued to collect waste and recycling throughout the lockdown, and continue to do so as lockdown measures are eased. They have provided a brilliant and vital service – not just collecting our waste, but collecting more of it. They really do deserve the many thank you notes and messages that they received, especially at the start of lockdown.”

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