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Leicestershire residents asked to take recycling into their own hands

County Hall will glow green this week in support of Recycle Now’s annual Recycle Week, as Leicestershire County Council asks residents to take recycling into their own hands.

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Recycling week

From Monday 23 September to Friday 27 September, the council will be lighting up its headquarters and sharing recycling tips to encourage residents to think about what they currently throw away and how to recycle right.

Just under half of all household waste in Leicestershire is currently recycled, however items such as used nappies and food waste are still being disposed of incorrectly in recycling bins across the county, which can spoil a whole load of recycling.

The council wants to inspire residents to make small changes, like rinsing jars, tubs and containers before recycling, or reusing plastic tubs for storage before recycling them, in order to have a big impact on our environment.

With awareness around environmental issues increasing, Recycle Week 2019 is the ideal time to remind residents of what can and can’t be recycled and encourage smart ways to reduce waste.

As a county, we’re already recycling a huge proportion of the waste we produce and with residents’ help, we can improve the quality of Leicestershire’s recycling and start to reduce the amount we throw away.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport

For helpful tips and smart ideas on how to reduce the amount of waste you’re binning, keep an eye on Leicestershire County Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages this week, and to find out more about what can and can’t go in your kerbside recycling bin, visit

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