Wales is already the third best recycling nation in the world, and the Mighty Mission to get us to number one continues into this Recycle Week 2021 (September 20th to 26th).
Recycling plays an essential role in tackling climate change and it’s a simple thing that everyone can do to help make a real impact.
Pembrokeshire is officially the top recycler in Wales with 72% household waste recycled between April 2019 and April 2020.
A major factor in this performance was Pembrokeshire County Council’s new waste and recycling kerbside collection scheme, launched in November 2019.
And across Wales recycling is now the norm with over 92% of us recycling regularly as part of our daily routine.
We’re recycling fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells, tea bags and plate scrapings in our food caddies; recycling from every room including the bathroom and bedroom, and recycling tricky items such as empty aerosols.
However, almost half of us are still not recycling everything we can, so if we’re to help Wales reach the coveted top spot we need to step it up and recycle even more.
Cllr Cris Tomos, the Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We should be proud of our recycling efforts, but there is still more we can do. We know our customers care about protecting the environment and want to do all they can to make Wales cleaner and greener. Together we can help get Wales to number one and protect the planet by recycling more of the right things, every time.”
To learn more about the mighty mission, visit www.walesrecycles.org.uk, look out for campaign activity across the Wales Recycles social channels, or join the conversation using #RecycleWeek and #BeMightyRecycle.
Mighty tips to get Wales to number one
· Recycling our food waste is one of the easiest ways to give our recycling rate a big boost. Put any food waste, however small, in your food waste caddy to ensure it gets collected every week.
· Recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen door; remember to recycle from other rooms too. You’d be amazed just how much bathroom waste such as empty shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and shower gel bottles can be recycled.
· Most people know that water bottles, cans, and paper and card can be recycled, but don’t forget that you can also recycle more unusual items such as empty aerosols. And if you’re not sure what you can and can’t recycle, visit Wales Recycles’ Recycling Locator.
· Squash your cans, pots, tubs and trays to save space in your recycling bag, bin, box or caddy. Give them a quick rinse when you are washing up before recycling them.
· If Wales is going to get to number one, we all have to play our part. This means spreading the Mighty Mission on social media by sharing your recycling pics and tips using #BeMightyRecycle and #RecycleWeek.
To find out what happens to your recycling and where it goes, you can visit My Recycling Wales website where you will find some really useful information.
Recycling facts about Wales:
· Wales is the world’s third best recycling nation.
· In Wales we recycle 65% of our waste.
· 92% of us are regular recyclers in Wales.
· 84% believe their recycling efforts are worthwhile, increasing from 80% in Mar 2020.
· Welsh Government has set a target to recycle 70% of our waste by 2025 and become a zero-waste nation by 2050.
· To find out what happens to your recycling and where it goes, you can visit
My Recycling Wales website where you will find some really useful information.
· Recycling food waste directly helps to tackle climate change.
· Most councils in Wales send their food waste to a special processing plant where it’s turned into renewable energy.
· The process of turning food waste into energy is called “anaerobic digestion”.
· EVERY council in Wales offers a local food waste recycling service.
· 80% of people in Wales recycle their food waste.
· Recycling 79 tea bags can generate enough electricity to power a hairdryer for 10 minutes.
· 1 recycled banana peel can produce enough energy to charge 2 smartphones.
· A caddy full of food waste can generate enough electricity to power a fridge for 18 hours.
Glass and metal recycling:
· Both glass and metal can be recycled again and again without losing any of its quality.
· Around 95% less energy is used to make glass and metal items from recycled materials compared with using 'raw’ or ‘virgin' materials.
· Glass and metal items that can be recycled from the bedroom and bathroom include perfume/aftershave bottles, deodorant, hairspray and shaving gel aerosols.
· Recycling 1 empty drinks can saves enough energy to power a shower for more than 5 minutes.
· Recycling 1 aerosol can generate enough energy to power a shower for 8 minutes.
· Recycling 1 glass wine bottle stops nearly 4,000 cars’ worth of CO2 getting into our atmosphere.
· Most household plastic items can be recycled.
· Plastic bottles that can be recycled from the bathroom include hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner bottles, bubble bath bottles and plastic detergent bottles.
· 85% of Welsh citizens recycle their plastic toiletry bottles. 88% recycle plastic drinks bottles.
· It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using 'raw’ or ‘virgin' materials.
· Recycling one plastic detergent bottle saves enough energy to charge 6 iPads.
· Recycling one shampoo/ conditioner bottle generates enough energy to boil 2 kettles.
· Recycling three 500ml water bottles generates enough energy to power a hairdryer for 10 minutes.
Card and paper recycling:
· 86% of people in Wales recycle their cardboard.
· Cardboard that can be recycled from the bathroom include toothpaste boxes, toiletry boxes and toilet roll tubes.
· 1 recycled toilet roll tube saves enough energy to charge your smartphone twice.