Massive recycling communication campaign launched

We are excited to let you know that we have just launched one of our biggest ever communication campaigns to encourage residents to reduce, reuse and recycle more of their unwanted goods and waste.

What can you expect? 

In the coming weeks, every household in Kirklees will receive a new leaflet explaining what residents can put in their various bins to maximise recycling, reduce waste, and cut down on bin contamination. The campaign is in preparation of us starting new collections of plastic pots, tubs, and trays in your green bins. Those collections start on 31 March.

The leaflet also contains information about the garden waste service, which you can still sign-up for until the end of April and the new Reuse facilities currently being piloted at two Household Waste Recycling Centres in the district: one at Emerald Street, Huddersfield, the other at Weaving Lane, Dewsbury.

As well as the leaflet, we will be putting lots of information out on social media where you will; be able to see a series of great new videos talking about how to make sure you put the right things in the right bins.

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“This new service marks a big milestone in our aim to make Kirklees a pioneer in green practices that help sustain the environment. It is also a landmark in the council’s strategic aim to reduce our impact on climate change.

“Most Kirklees households throw away at least 40kg of plastic each year, that’s enough to make 10 recycling bins. The UK recycles just 45% of plastics and only 32.6% of plastic pots, tubs, and trays each year. That’s why this council is determined to encourage residents, schools, and businesses to reduce their use of and recycle even more plastics. We are confident that they will take up the opportunity to help make Kirklees a greener and cleaner place to live when this service comes on-line at the end of the month.”

Every year, we in the UK throw away enough plastic to circle the world five times. Nationwide, we use 7.7 billion plastic bottles per year. That’s an average of 117 bottles per person, per year. Eight million tonnes of the world’s plastics end up in our oceans each year, creating a garbage patch three times the size of France.

Nick Browning from SUEZ, the council’s waste management service provider said:

“We are looking forward to helping Kirklees council reach its ambitious recycling targets and reduce even more waste. Our depots will be prepared and ready to deal with the plastic pots, tubs and trays come 31 March but not before, which is why we ask Kirklees residents to not put them into the green bins till after that date.”