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Recycling & Waste monthly update

Single-use plastics

Single-use plastics

Single-use plastics (SUPs) are plastic products that are used once, or for a short period of time, before being thrown away.

Single-use plastics include things such as: cigarette butts, plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers, plastic coffee cups and lids, plastic cutlery, plastic food containers, plastic bottles, most plastic food packaging, plastic bags – basically anything designed to be used once before being thrown away or recycled.

The impacts of this plastic waste on the environment and our health are global and can be drastic. Single-use plastic products are more likely to end up in our seas than reusable options.

In order to combat the drastic impact that single-use plastics have on our planet, we encourage all residents to do things like:

  • Try to find alternative products – bring your own bags to the supermarket and use net bags for loose fruit or vegetables instead of plastic ones
  • Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup
  • Buy bars of soap instead of plastic bottles of liquid soap
  • Buy washing powder in cardboard packaging instead of plastic containers

Plastic straws have already been banned, while the Government is planning to ban plastic cutlery, plates and polystyrene cups before the end of the year.

We will be taking our single use plastic campaign on the road to Keighley’s Asda car park on Thursday, 28 October. We will have our Recycling Exhibition Wagon with us, and we will be providing information on recycling and reducing single use plastic usage. We will be there between 10am and 3pm.

Why not find your local Plastic Free group and join the fight against single-use plastics?

Find out how to reduce your use

Halloween recycling

Halloween recycling

As Halloween approaches we want to make sure you're up to speed with exactly what to do with your Halloween waste.

Remember, any aluminium foil wrappers can be recycled! Just scrunch them up into a ball and dispose of them with the rest of your recycling.

When it comes to costumes, why not see if you can create a DIY costume from items you have at home? If you have bought costumes, instead of throwing them away, why not save these for next year, pass on to a family member or even resell it?

Don't throw away your pumpkins after Halloween! You can do so much with pumpkins, why not compost your pumpkins or cut it into pieces and leave it for local wildlife?

Keep an eye on our social media channels next week (25 - 31 October) where we'll be sharing tips on what to do with your chocolate and sweet wrappers and old costumes.

Service Excellence Awards

Service excellence awards

Our Waste Service won the award for Supporting the COVID Response last night at the Service Excellence Awards.

Waste Service staff (pictured above, from left to right: Abdul Mateen, Neil Grooby, Susan Spink, Dean Mackrill and Richard Waite) were there to represent the service at the awards night hosted at The Bradford Hotel, and managed to take home the award for Supporting the COVID response.

When COVID hit, the Waste Service supported Emergency Planning by taking nurses, doctors and patients to and from the hospital throughout the evenings when we were hit with severe snow and ice conditions. They also supported with delivering over 100 hampers across the district to young children so they had something to open on Christmas Day.

Well done to all members of staff in Waste Services!