This year, people are motivated to care about recycling plastics in a way they never have before.
Sustainability is firmly on the national agenda and the public is looking to organisations to help solve major environmental issues. That makes Recycle Week a greater opportunity than ever to change people’s recycling behaviours.
We are a nation of recyclers. More and more people are getting involved and we do it now because we know it matters. Every single person can help tackle pollution and make our planet a better place.
Not recycled before?
Don’t know where to start with recycling? Start off with: plastic bottles/glass/paper/card
Got the basics covered?
Make sure you are not one of the 76% of UK households adding items to recycling which aren’t accepted in your area. Make sure you are recycling as much as you can by checking what you can recycle at home. You can check through Recyclenow by simply inputting your post code.
Want to know more about what happens after your recycling bin/bag has been collected?
Severn Waste Services is the public face of municipal waste management in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. It operates facilities for its sister company, Mercia Waste Management. Mercia Waste signed an initial 25 year contract with Worcestershire County Council and the Herefordshire Council in December 1998 under the Private Finance Initiative. This contract brought an integrated waste management service to the two counties. This lead to the more sustainable management of municipal waste.
What they do?
When the Company started its work in the two counties in 1998, over 90% of municipal waste from the two counties went to landfill.
Since that time investment in a range of activities has helped to reduce landfilling to less than 60%. The most notable achievements have been:
Improvements and performance of Household Waste Recycling Centres where recycling rates are now generally above 70%
Delivery of the EnviroSort Materials Reclamation Facility through which pass all the kerbside recyclable materials collected by the Districts.
Progressive increase in the quantity of green waste composted and resultant soil conditioner utilised, which has contributed to the process of moving waste up the ‘Waste Hierarchy.’
Investing in waste transfer facilities for the safe, secure, and efficient transport of waste from the point of arisings to treatment or disposal site.
Through ongoing service improvements and education and awareness-raising, they have in place all the facilities to help the Waste Disposal Authority meet its recycling and composting targets.
For the residual waste that cannot go for recycling, they continue to landfill. At the same time continuing to generate electricity from methane-rich landfill gas produced at the site. The EnviRecover Energy-from-Waste plant, located at Hartlebury has the capacity to treat up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year. This can produce 15.5 MW of electricity for export to the grid.
The EnviroSort plant receives, sorts and despatches all the clean recyclables collected from households across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. This includes all the cans, glass and plastic bottles, paper and light card put out for kerbside collection.
Granted planning permission in 2007 and a Permit from the Environment Agency in September 2009, the plant has been operational since November 2009. It has a capacity to receive and sort up to 105,000 tonnes per year in the 7,000 sq.m. building.
Education and Tours
The recyling centre we visited is in Norton, just east of Worcester, so an easy journey from the two counties. Kate Stott is the Education and Communications Officer. Kate is passionate about what she does and explained in depth about how the centre works and recycling in general. It turns out that most of us, although supporting recycling, were doing something wrong.
It costs nothing to visit and you will receive a very friendly welcome. Kate also provides education for schools which includes time in the classroom and a visit into the main recycling area. This is for children from the age of 7. This is a wonderful way for the children to see and understand for themselves how we look after the planet and gets them young. We would recommend it to all.
To arrange a visit call Kate Stott on 01905 761680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org