Recycle Week Starts Today And Together We Recycle.
The theme for Recycle Now’s 17th annual Recycle Week is to thank the residents of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for continuing to recycle despite all that has happened this year.
Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin was delighted to see that statistics released by Recycle Now show that through lockdown the UK has become even more environmentally aware, with nearly 9 in 10 households saying they ‘regularly recycle’.
Coming out of lockdown, 73% of people are prepared to change their lifestyles to help the environment – up from 68% in 2019.
And an amazing 93% of UK households say they believe that ‘everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment’.
Everyone – organisations and individuals – can support Recycle Week by using #RecycleWeek on social media and Council Chairperson Councillor Laura Devlin welcomed the fact that the Council, businesses and other organisations are joining in with a range of activities to highlight the importance of recycling.
Chairperson Councillor Laura Devlin said: “Even though our residents have been living in unprecedented times recently, I am delighted to see the marked increase in recycling rates throughout the district in the past year. This shows that our residents in Newry Mourne and Down are committed to recycling their waste and are very environmentally conscious.”
The figures come from research carried out during lockdown and an omnibus survey completed in July.
Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP UK said, “It’s fantastic to see that despite everything that has been thrown at them this year, more people than ever in the Newry Mourne and Down area are taking responsibility for protecting the environment by choosing to recycle.
“This is something we can all do, wherever we live – an individual action that, when performed by everyone, adds up to a huge change.
“Newry Mourne and Down’s recycling and waste workers have been real heroes too, providing the best service possible under the most difficult of circumstances.
“The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how Newry Mourne and Down residents has cooperated.
“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone in Newry, Mourne and Down for continuing to recycle, whatever their circumstances and to celebrate the way we have all pulled together.
“There has been a positive leap forward in attitudes that we must capitalise on so Newry Mourne and Down can do even better in the coming year!”
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