Eight-year-old Emily shines in our new recycling video


We are delighted to announce the release of our latest video on recycling which is co-presented by a local eight-year-old environmental champion. The release has been timed to coincide with World Environment Day, Sunday 5 June.

Emily Dixon attends Moorlands Primary School, Huddersfield, and was invited to be involved in the video after she entered a competition to name one of our garden waste collection wagons. Emily was one of six winners in the competition.

New Collections

At the end of March, we started collecting plastic pots, tubs, and trays in your green bins. The new items are the first addition to recycling bin collections in ten years.  To help you all know what can go in your green bins and how not to contaminate them, we produced three videos, this is the final one in the series.

The third video takes viewers around our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), at Emerald Street in Huddersfield. This is where all waste from green bins is taken to be sorted and recycled. From there, Emily and her co-presenters inform residents about what they can and cannot put in their green bins.

“Fantastic Example,” says Councillor

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member of Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“What a fantastic example Emily is to us all. It is great to see young people engaging with our agenda. I thank her on behalf of everyone at the Council for all her help. She is a credit to herself, her parents, and her school.”

The new video highlights the importance of only putting the right materials in green bins. This is to ensure that the materials can be processed and recycled at the MRF. Plastic pots, tubs and trays have joined plastic bottles, tin cans, paper, and cardboard as appropriate materials to be placed in Kirklees’ green bins.

The presenters explain why materials need to be clean and dry. They also explain how damage to the MRF machinery is caused by the wrong items that are put in green bins. Viewers are also treated to some humorous comments about the strange things that people think can be recycled via green bins. Such as shoes, toilet seats and potatoes!

“Our three short videos are designed to be informative and light-hearted while getting across an important message. Improving the recycling rates in Kirklees is a key aim of our Resources and Waste Strategy. The videos help us all learn about how we can play our part in achieving those aims together.”