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Going for green – Recycle Week 2011
Wednesday 15th June, 2011

Whether it’s Home or Away, just don’t throw it away.

That’s the message that council recycling experts are hoping to get across during this year’s Recycle Week.
From Monday June 20 onwards everyone in the borough will be encouraged to ‘watch their waste’ as part of the annual national event.

Anyone can get involved and even the smallest changes to how you manage your household waste can have a big impact.
The ultimate aim is the get more people to recycle and reduce the amount of costly waste that is sent to be buried in a big hole in the ground. Remember, landfill costs, recycling saves!

In 2010, Borough residents recycled more than 42,000 tonnes of waste, this included:
  • 5,000 tonnes of Wood

  • 2,200 tonnes of Plastic

  • 7,000 tonnes of Paper

  • 1.250 tonnes of Metal

  • 8,500 tonnes of Glass

  • 17,000 tonnes of Green waste

  • 500 tonnes of Textiles

  • 1500 tonnes of Cans

This year’s Recycle Week has a ‘Home and Away’ theme.
At home, think ‘upstairs, downstairs’. Most of us recycle items used in the kitchen, but what about all the good stuff in the bathroom, such as shower gel bottles or aerosol cans?

Why not have a clear out and take your unwanted items away from home to a charity shop to be re-used and your broken items to your Household Waste Recycling Centre?

Throughout the week, there'll also be a whole programme of green events across the borough.
The council’s Waste Management Team will be out and about to answer recycling questions at six roadshows:
  • Monday 20 - Morrison’s, Tyldesley 10am till 3pm

  • Tuesday 21 - Gerard Centre, Ashton 10am till 3pm

  • Wednesday 22 - Somerfield, Standish 10am till 3pm

  • Thursday 23 - Asda, Golbourne 10am till 3pm

  • Friday 24 - Bradshawgate, Leigh 10am till 3pm

  • Saturday 25 - Standishgate, Wigan 9.30am till 4pm

Wigan Council’s Eco-Schools Officer, Rebecca Hill will also be visiting classrooms across the borough to show pupils what happens to their recycling after it’s been collected.

Did you know newspapers can be made from recycled paper, building materials from glass and even fleeces from plastic bottles?

Wigan Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr David Molyneux says: “Thanks to you we are now recycling over a third of your waste and with your help aim to get this amount even higher!”

“So, get involved in Recycle Week any way you can and don’t stop at the end of the week - with your help, 2011 can be the borough's greenest year yet!”

To find out more about Recycle Week, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling or contact the waste management team on 01942 404380.

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