It's national 'Recycle Week' from Monday 24 September – Sunday 30 September 2018 and the theme for the week is 'Recycling. We do. Because it matters.'
This year, Blue Planet 2 motivated people to care about plastics in a way they never have before. The nation realised that recycling will help us solve some of our biggest environmental problems – pollution, climate change, and reducing ocean plastics.
We are a nation of recyclers and in Lancashire, we are pretty good at recycling. We recycle over 150,000 tonnes of waste every year. To help you visualise that…it's about the same weight as 1,500 Blue Whales. But, we could do even better…
50,000 tonnes of your recycling is still going in the wrong bin every year
Some people are still putting some of their plastic bottles, cans, paper, card and glass into the waste bin. If we all put every single recyclable item in the recycling bin instead of the waste bin – we could save over 50,000 tonnes of waste from going to landfill every year. Which, is about the weight of another 500 Blue Whales.
Recycling earns...Landfill costs
Everything that goes in your rubbish bin has a cost to collect and dispose of it. Last year in Lancashire, we collected nearly 400,000 tonnes of waste from households and our household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).
The annual cost of landfilling Lancashire's household waste is £26 million
This figure is rising every year and if we continue producing waste at the rate we currently do, it is estimated it could cost the council closer to £40 million by 2025.
We could save £4million every year just by putting the right things in the right recycling bin – this money could be spent on delivering vital services across Lancashire.
To celebrate Recycle Week in Lancashire, we have launched a new animation. Watch our short animation to find out how we can all make a difference to the environment by recycling a bit more.
You've probably got a recycling routine that works for you. You know it inside and out and there’s not one empty plastic milk bottle or food can in sight in the kitchen.
However...there are lots of items that people often forget to recycle from other rooms in the house including the bathroom, bedroom and the living room.
Each of the twelve district councils in Lancashire has different coloured bins/boxes/bags for collecting recycling and waste.
If you know which district council collects your bins – have a look on the relevant district council website below to remind you what you can put in each bin/bag/box or to find out which day your bins are collected.
If you are unsure which district council collects your bins you can enter your postcode and property number to find out here.
Bulky waste is the term used for those items that won't fit into your general rubbish bin or that are too big for you to take to the waste recycling centres, for example furniture, cookers and fridges.
Your district council will offer a bulky waste collection service to remove items from your home. Please note that some district councils may charge for this service.
Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish after your recycling bins are collected or you drop something off at the recycling centre?
Your district council collects the waste and recycling from your home and takes it to a waste transfer station.
Lancashire County Council then transports it for further processing where it is either recycled, made into compost or even turned into electricity, or disposed of into landfill.