Wales may be a small country, but when it comes to recycling, we punch way above our weight. We’re already the third best recyclers in the world, and now Monmouthshire County Council is backing the Wales-wide movement to make us first. The ‘Be Mighty, Recycle’ national campaign launches on Monday 21st September, to coincide with the 17th annual Recycle Week, and runs until Sunday 11th October.

Over the past decade, recycling in Monmouthshire has soared. We’re now recycling 64% of our waste, up from just 48% in 2010. But if we’re to help Wales reach the coveted top slot we need to do even more, as Councillor Jane Pratt, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Neighbourhood Services, explains: “Recycling is now the norm in Monmouthshire and most of us recycle every week. We’re recycling our fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells, tea bags and plate scrapings in our food caddies; recycling from every room in the home and recycling those tricky items such as empty aerosols.

“We should be proud of our recycling efforts, but we must keep up our good work. Let’s continue recycling everything we can from all around the home and help get Wales to number one.”

To learn more about the mighty movement visit www.walesrecycles.org.uk, look out for the ads on TV, on buses and billboards and social media across Wales or join the conversation using the hashtag #mightyrecyclers

Mighty tips to get Wales to number one

  • Recycling food waste is one of the easiest ways to give our recycling rate a big boost. Put any food waste – however small the amount – in your food waste caddy to ensure it gets collected every week
  • Recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen door – remember to recycle from other rooms too. Bathroom waste such as empty shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and shower gel bottles can be recycled too”

Many people know that water bottles, cans, and paper and card can be recycled, but don’t forget that you can also recycle unusual items such as empty aerosols. If you’re not sure what you can and can’t recycle visit https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/app/uploads/2020/03/What-goes-where-2020-Eng.pdf  and https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with

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  • Squash bottles, pots, tubs and trays to save space in your recycling bag, bin, box or caddy. Give them a quick rinse before recycling them – there’s no need to use running water, a quick swill in the washing up bowl will do

If Wales is going to get to number one, we all have to play our part. That means spreading the mighty movement word if you’re on social media by sharing your recycling pics and tips using the #mightyrecyclers hashtag