Waste war­riors wanted to join re­cy­cle week

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Zero Waste Scot­land is call­ing on lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions on Ar­ran and across Ayr­shire to sign up and join its re­cy­cle week army of am­bas­sadors.

Re­cy­cle week, which takes place from Mon­day September 25 to Sun­day October 1, is the an­nual UK-wide cam­paign to raise aware­ness of how im­por­tant it is to re­cy­cle. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scot­land will be en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple from Ar­ran to be­come waste war­riors and do their bit by re­cy­cling as much as they can.

Good progress has been made on re­cy­cling in Scot­land in re­cent years, with peo­ple re­cy­cling more of­ten at home, at work and when out and about. De­spite this achieve­ment to date, 60 per cent of the waste house­holds are cur­rently send­ing to land­fill could be re­cy­cled.

Ben­e­fits

Zero Waste Scot­land is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and busi­nesses on Ar­ran to use re­cy­cle week to high­light the ben­e­fits of re­cy­cling with their em­ploy­ees and mem­bers by pro­mot­ing ways in which every per­son can do their bit.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for the En­vi­ron­ment Roseanna Cun­ning­ham said: ‘By re­cy­cling more we can all help pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment and re­lieve pres­sure on scarce raw ma­te­ri­als. Scot­land has an am­bi­tious tar­get to re­duce waste, with no more than five per cent of all waste to go to land­fill by Jan­uary 2021 and 70 per cent of waste re­cy­cled or pre­pared for re­use by 2025.

‘Events such as re­cy­cle week high­light how easy it can be for in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses to play their part and keep prod­ucts and ma­te­ri­als in valu­able use for longer. Greener liv­ing has ben­e­fits for us all.’

To sign up to re­cy­cle week visit: www.ze­rowastescot­land.org.uk/re­cy­cle­week2017

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