The 15th annual National Recycling week is coming up (24 to 30 September) and this year's theme is 'We do, because it matters'.

The Blue Planet effect has been a major catalyst in reducing unnecessary plastic, and this year people have been motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before.  Dacorum Borough Council is capitalising on this energy and asking residents to build on this momentum by now focussing on getting recycling right during Recycle Week.

With billboard advertising across the nation, a national tour, and a huge scale digital campaign, this year's Recycle Week is the biggest and boldest yet; celebrating the fact that more and more of us are recycling.

As a nation people are recycling more than ever before, but it's important to get it right. New research from Recycle Now shows while people in the UK say doing their bit for the environment is one of the 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, which can be problematic in the recycling process. Meanwhile more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

As part of Recycle Week, residents in Dacorum are being encouraged to take some simple steps to make their recycling efforts better than ever. Top tips for Dacorum residents include:

  • Recycle more of these items: shampoo and shower gel bottles, aerosol cans, juice cartons, black plastic trays and aluminium foil (scrunch it into a tennis-ball sized lump first).
  • Make sure these never go in your blue-lidded recycling bin: clothes, nappies or soft plastics such as cellophane, plastic film, crisp packets, sweet wrappers and carrier bags.
  • All recycling should be clean and loose, so remember to wash and squash your recyclables if needed

Recycle. Dacorum does. Because it 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, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

Recycle Now's Recycling Locator is a tool to help householders identify what can be recycled locally.

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator visit www.recyclenow.org.uk

Residents can also find out what goes in each recycling bins by visiting www.dacorum.gov.uk/recycling or email r4d@dacorum.gov.uk with any specific questions about items or materials which are not listed on the Council's website.