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Changes introduced to encourage more recycling

24 January 2023

To encourage more people to recycle, residents visiting a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in the Wakefield district will be urged to sort their household rubbish and to think about separating it before it is brought to the recycling centre.

This new move is intended to stop recyclable items such as textiles, wood, and electricals from being wasted. To prevent this, residents are being encouraged to separate rubbish before taking it to a recycling centre.

From Monday, 6 February, each HWRC will have a sorting area, where customers can, if they wish, ask for help from staff to separate their rubbish, if it is brought in mixed in bags, tubs or boxes.

Cllr Jack Hemingway, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We know most people in the Wakefield district want to recycle as much as they possibly can.

“We already recycle nearly 70% of the rubbish brought to HWRCs but we want to improve this further. We can all do more to help the environment and an easy first step is separate our rubbish at source.

“This makes it easier to recycle and reuse materials – the least we can do for the environment and for future generations.

“Most of the items currently brought to our HWRCs can be recycled or reused. Asking people to separate their rubbish at home is one way we can encourage people to recycle even more of the things they throw away.”

Residents can still continue to bring other rubbish such as garden waste, wood, rubble, clothing etc in bags and boxes and empty them into the skips and banks at the recycling centres.

Non recyclable rubbish such as pet bedding and pet waste, vacuum cleaner contents, nappies and food waste etc can be placed in bags and brought to the recycling centre.

Residents are being asked to try and keep this rubbish separate where possible from other rubbish that can be recycled.

Residents will be encouraged to put items that can be recycled in a separate bag next time they visit the recycling centre, to make it quicker and more environmentally friendly.

Banners are being displayed at the district’s three HWRCs in Glasshoughton, South Kirkby and Wakefield and leaflets are being distributed to customers, ahead of the change being introduced.

More information on HWRCs can be found here: Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) – Wakefield Council

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