Recycle Week 2019: It’s in our own hands!

Norfolk is proud to be taking recycling into its own hands! 

Inspired by Our Planet, Greta Thunberg and Sir David Attenborough – environmental concerns have never been so important to the nation. Last year we saw people being more motivated to recycle and 2018 was the biggest Recycle Week to date, but 2019 promises to be bigger and better!

For its 17th annual Recycle Week (23rd – 29th September), Recycle Now is capitalising on this heightened awareness and energy right here in Norfolk; tasking residents – and people all over the UK – to act and focus on getting recycling right during Recycle Week.

Getting Recycling Right

The research shows that more and more UK households are recycling plastic drinks, cleaner, toiletry and shampoo bottles, amongst other items including glass and metal tin cans. The level of increase of glass and metal/tin cans is at a slightly lower level compared to the other items cited. 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.

But fear not – Recycle Now is here to help! Norfolk location is a county of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in Norfolk location:

  • Recycle more of these items: items from all around the home, particularly the bathroom.
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: textiles and bagged waste.

And if you’re at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, have a look at our BinGenie tool on our website,

Cllr Andy Grant, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, said:

“This Recycling Week we want to say thank you to everybody across Norfolk for the recycling they do every day of the year.

My top tip when you are recycling at home is just keep things clean, dry and loose in the bin and not bagged up, as that really helps sort things out.

Getting it right and putting the right things in your recycling bin makes a real difference to the environment and the costs of our local services.

So if you are unsure please just take a minute or two to check the advice from your local council or check the advice and support on the website – that’s where you’ll find answers and lots more.

And if you are planning a visit to your local Recycling Centre don’t forget that all household waste is accepted free, this includes sofas, mattresses, carpets and underlay, green garden waste and all electrical items.”

What and how we recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.