Waste warriors wanted to join recycle week

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Zero Waste Scotland is calling on local authorities, businesses and organisations on Arran and across Ayrshire to sign up and join its recycle week army of ambassadors.

Recycle week, which takes place from Monday September 25 to Sunday October 1, is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of how important it is to recycle. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from Arran to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.

Good progress has been made on recycling in Scotland in recent years, with people recycling more often at home, at work and when out and about. Despite this achievement to date, 60 per cent of the waste households are currently sending to landfill could be recycled. Zero Waste Scotland is encouraging local authorities and businesses on Arran to use recycle week to highlight the benefits of recycling with their employees and members by promoting ways in which every person they can do their bit.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham, said: ‘By recycling more we can all help protect our environment and relieve pressure on scarce raw materials. Scotland has an ambitious target to reduce waste, with no more than 5 per cent of all waste to go to landfill by January 2021 and 70 per cent of waste recycled or prepared for reuse by 2025.

‘Events such as Recycle Week highlight how easy it can be for individuals and businesses to play their part and keep products and materials in valuable use for longer. Greener living has benefits for us all.’

To sign up to recycle week visit:  www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/recycleweek2017