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‘Recycling Matters’ – Council host range of activities to mark ‘Recycle Week 2018’

18 September 2018

Derry City and Strabane District Council are supporting ‘Recycle Week 2018’ which runs from 23-30 September by hosting a number of activities focused on boosting the recycling of everyday items such as plastics, cans and household waste.

Council is urging people to embrace recycling in all its forms as we approach Recycle Week 2018. This year’s theme “We do. Because it matters” aims to make recycling a normal, everyday occurrence for householders throughout the city and district and increase awareness of good recycling practice.

Council has arranged a host of activities to mark ‘Recycling Week’ including engagement in local community centres and schools. The local authority will also launch a Furniture Restoration Course with the New 2 You team at Pennyburn Recycling Centre training people on how to recycle old furniture. There will also be a strong emphasis on reducing food waste at the flagship ‘Slow Food Festival’ in Guildhall Square on September 28 & 29.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle said: “I’m delighted to support Recycle Week 2018 – and would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Council for organising a range of communications and activities to encourage householders to recycle more.

“In order to protect our environment for future generations we must take action now – not least in terms of recycling. Whilst we are already doing some fantastic work, there is lots more to do, and we need residents throughout the city and district to play their part.”

Council’s Waste Services Manager, Nicola McCool added: “Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling and our aim is to encourage everyone to recycle more, by helping people to understand the benefits of recycling items from all around the home and by offering tips and suggestions to make it easier to recycle.

“Each and every one of us can make a difference just by making some small changes like using food waste bins, recycling items from the bathroom, rinsing out plastic bottles and cartons before putting them in the blue bin and using local ‘Re-use centres’ like New 2 You in Pennyburn to recycle old furniture.

“We are also aiming to raise awareness this year of the huge damage that plastic pollution is causing to our rivers, seas and oceans – which is why we all have to ‘rethink plastic’ and the way that we deal with plastic waste.

“Not only is recycling good for our environment but it is also good for local people as it costs a lot less to recycle than to send waste to landfill. Indeed, this is ratepayers’ money that could be better spent on protecting and enhancing other important services like play parks, street cleaning and local events.”

For further information on recycling events and initiatives in your area visit www.derrystrabane.com/recycleweek