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Be a Recycling Hero this European Week for Waste Reduction!

06 November 2018

European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) takes place this year from 17th – 25th November and the focus is on ‘Hazardous waste prevention’.

Hazardous waste poses a greater risk to our health and our environment compared to other types of waste so it is vital it is disposed of properly. Household batteries are an example of a waste that should not be deposited in landfill - and yet under 45% of batteries are recycled here!

Mid Ulster District Council is asking everyone to recycle more batteries than ever before to become Recycling Heroes this EWWR.

Householders can recycle their batteries at any of the Council’s recycling centres or return them to retailers that have battery recycling banks.

The Council is also encouraging schools to take part by asking pupils to bring their old batteries into school where they will be disposed of in battery recycling boxes. Schools taking part will be entered into a draw to win three fantastic recycling bins! 

The prizes are sponsored by the Council’s Waste Electrical Recycling Partner, ERP UK Ltd.

Deputy Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Brian McGuigan, is supporting the initiative. He said, “EWWR is a timely reminder to us all that while we regularly recycle materials such as paper, card, plastics and glass in our blue bins, it is just as important to recycle other waste such as batteries to prevent these hazardous items going to landfill. I would encourage everyone to use EWWR to make recycling batteries another regular recycling habit – we can all be Recycling Heroes!”

Remember to take the Council’s online recycling quiz and tell us your recycling hero stories to be in with a chance of winning a Samsung tablet. Go to: www.midulstercouncil.org/recyclinghero.

For more information on European Week for Waste Reduction contact the Recycling Team at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132 or email recycling@midulstercouncil.org.

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