Young Welsh adults still un­sure about re­cy­cling

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Environment -

A STUDY has re­vealed that a sec­tion of young adults in Wales still haven’t got to grips with re­cy­cling.

More than a quar­ter (28%) of 18 to 34-year-olds in a sur­vey re­leased by Re­cy­cle for Wales ad­mit­ted to guess­ing that what they were re­cy­cling was ac­tu­ally re­cy­clable.

The re­search also found that more than four in 10 mil­len­ni­als want to be good re­cy­clers but de­spite this, a fifth (19%) of those sur­veyed don’t fol­low on-pack guide­lines.

An­gela Spi­teri, cam­paign man­ager at Re­cy­cle for Wales said: “Wales is lead­ing the way when it comes to re­cy­cling.

“The over­all re­cy­cling rate is 64%, which is the third high­est in the world, sec­ond high­est in Europe and high­est in the UK – but we want to be num­ber one.

“Young peo­ple want to be the best re­cy­clers, but at the mo­ment, they’re aspir­ing to that rather than be­ing it.”

How­ever, young re­cy­clers aren’t the only group who could up their game – many of us are still un­know­ingly throw­ing away re­cy­clables.

Re­cy­cle for Wales says that aerosol prod­ucts such as hair­spray and de­odor­ants are evad­ing re­cy­cling bins across the coun­try, and rank in the top prod­ucts that have the biggest room for im­prove­ment.

Other prod­ucts that could make a big dif­fer­ence to re­cy­cling rates in­clude sham­poo, con­di­tioner, per­fume and shower gel bot­tles.

An­gela con­tin­ued: “We all get things wrong from time to time – but a lit­tle bit of ef­fort can go a long way.

“In­creas­ing the amount of items that go into re­cy­cling in­stead of landfill will have a huge ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment – and there are lots of lit­tle tips that can help us re­mem­ber what is and isn’t re­cy­clable.”

The re­cy­cling cam­paign is at Fes­ti­val Num­ber 6 in Port­meirion this week­end to show how the en­ergy saved from re­cy­cling prod­ucts used at fes­ti­vals could power stages and in­stru­ments.

It says if ev­ery­one at the fes­ti­val re­cy­cled one can of beer it would save enough en­ergy to power the main stage for 16 days.

More than a quar­ter of 18 to 34-year-olds ad­mit­ted to guess­ing that what they were re­cy­cling was ac­tu­ally re­cy­clable

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