Recycle Week: This is the year Central Bedfordshire Council said, ‘We Do!’

Central Bedfordshire Council is shouting loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle!

During this year’s Recycle Week, which runs from 24-30 September, the council is asking residents to go above and beyond to help the environment.

From David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II television show, to public campaigns to reduce unnecessary plastic use, this year people are motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before.

Let's Recycle Right

Central Bedfordshire Council wants residents to build on the recycling momentum by now focussing on recycling right.

Research from recycling campaign charity WRAP has shown that, whilst people say doing their bit for the environment is one of their primary motivations for recycling, over three-quarters of UK households (76%) add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally. Meanwhile, more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

There are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Download What Stays Out leaflet (pdf)

Download What Goes In leaflet (pdf)

Top tips for recycling

Recycle more of these items: dry, clean paper, magazines and cardboard.  Empty and rinsed out cartons; plastic food packaging; plastic bottles; metal food and drink cans; clean aluminium foil and empty aerosols.

Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: glass; disposable nappies; food waste (including recyclable items that still contain food waste); polystyrene; textiles, and household batteries.

What and how we recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally-friendly way and means that materials can be reused for a longer lifespan.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said, “We aim to contribute to the national target of 50% recycling by 2020.

“Not only is recycling the right thing to do for environmental reasons, it is also the most cost-effective way of disposing of our waste. Disposing of recycling is cheaper than the cost of disposing of black bin waste. Therefore, recycling makes the most of taxpayers' money.”

For more information about what items you can and can’t recycle from around the home, visit

About Recycle Now

Recycle Now is a campaign run by WRAP which helps people in the UK recycle more things, more often, from all around the home. The campaign aims to encourage behaviour change across the UK to reduce the amount of waste produced and use resources in an efficient way. For more information about Recycle Now visit: