Become a recycling hero

IS IT a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Woking’s Everyday Recycling Heroes!

Powering into the New Year, Woking’s Everyday Heroes have joined forces to highlight the battle against everyday waste, which can be recycled and saved from expensive landfill sites.

HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? - join the campaign

HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? – join the campaign

Through a promotional campaign over the next 12 months, the superheroes aim to inspire recycling practices and show how easy it is for everyone to be an everyday hero and recycle for Woking; making the borough a cleaner, greener place to live, work and visit.

Catapulting the campaign into ‘infinity and beyond’ will be the new Recycle for Woking Champions’ Awards, which will take place in July and celebrate nominated resident’s feats and positive recycling behaviours.

Talking about the launch of the Everyday Heroes campaign, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Beryl Hunwicks, said: “Each year over the last decade, Woking residents have recycled more of their household waste than they did in the previous year – trebling the amount recycled to 59 per cent; making Woking the 13th best recycling authority in the UK, out of 352 councils.

“These impressive results highlight the continuing commitment that residents have made to recycle, re-use or compost their waste. However, recent studies show that half the contents of every black bin in Woking can still be recycled.

“In a humorous way, this campaign aims to demonstrate how easy recycling can be during your everyday life using the kerbside services provided by Woking Borough Council. It also aims to commend the recycling efforts of our residents to date.”

For more information about what you can recycle and the campaign, visit www.woking.gov.uk/everydayheroes

It’s  ‘up, up and away’ for Woking Borough Council’s new textiles collection service, which will launch on Monday, January 20 as part of the council’s year-long Everyday Heroes recycling campaign.

To recycle your unwanted textiles, simply place them in a standard size carrier bag, tie it up and place the bag next to your blue-lidded bin on the same day as your recycling collection. Textiles collected include unwanted and worn out items, such as clothing, shoes (paired), curtains, bedding, blankets and towels.

Cllr Hunwicks, said: “Each year in Woking, residents throw away around 800 tonnes of textiles into their black bins, which end up in expensive landfill sites.

“By using Woking’s new textile recycling service you can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and help ensure valuable resources are re-used.”

Collections of small electrical items will now alternate with the new textile service.

To recycle your small electrical items put them into a carrier bag and place the carrier bag next to your black bin on the same day as your refuse collection.

Small electrical items, including kettles, hair dryers, games consoles, DVD players, radios and mobile phones, should be no larger than 35cm by 40cm in size and should fit in a standard size carrier bag.
Even if the items are broken, they can still be recycled.

For a full list of the textiles and electrical items that you can recycle, look out for an information leaflet which will be delivered to residents across the borough in the week commencing January 13.

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