Mid Ulster has achieved the highest overall recycling rate of all 11 councils for the first quarter of 2017/2018 (April-June 2017).
Provisional figures just released show Mid Ulster’s overall recycling rate stands at 60.18% for the quarter, up from 55.34% for the same period last year and the best of all the 11 councils.
However the figures also show that the dry recycling rate increased by only 1.62% for the quarter (from 21.37% to 22.99%).
The statistics have been released ahead of this year’s Recycle Week which takes place from 25th September – 1st October and is encouraging residents to recycle more efficiently in the blue bin.
Blue bins should be used for disposing of paper, cardboard, aerosol cans, food and drink cans, plastic bottles and containers, envelopes and glass. Items such as nappies, liquids and food waste cannot be disposed of in the blue bin.
Most people remember to dispose of every-day kitchen items like plastic bottles and cereal boxes in the blue bin so this year’s Recycle Week aims to raise awareness about ensuring the blue bin is also used for disposing of bathroom and bedroom items like empty deodorants, aerosols and perfume and after shave bottles.
Aerosols such as deodorants and hair sprays can be recycled again and again without any loss in quality, so you may see them come back in items such as parts of your mobile phones, dishwashers or even as another aerosol can - what goes around comes around!
If everyone in Mid Ulster recycled one more deodorant, it would save enough energy to power a typical primary school for 50 days!
The Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Ronan McGinley commented, “The fact that Mid Ulster has once again achieved the highest overall recycling rate of all 11 councils here proves there is a huge recycling effort being made in the district. These incredible figures don’t just keep happening by chance. We are very fortunate that the majority of our residents are doing the work on the ground and supporting the Council in its dedication to promoting recycling.”
“However, there is always more that can be done and Recycling Week this year gives us the perfect opportunity to tackle blue bin recycling head-on. Remember, recycling doesn’t just happen in the kitchen, make sure you are also disposing of all appropriate bathroom and bedroom items correctly in the blue bin!”
For more information about your local recycling scheme, including details of what can and can’t be recycled from around the house, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/recycling or download the Council’s free Binovation app from the App Store or Play Store.