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Barking and Dagenham residents are recycling more than ever before

Barking and Dagenham council are urging residents to reduce their waste as much as possible.

More residents of Barking and Dagenham are going green after council changes allowed for more waste to be recycled. 

They’ve seen an increased of 10.59% in the amount of household materials which are being recycled in the borough. 

Barking and Dagenham Council declared a climate emergency in January last year, where it outlined ambitions to go carbon neutral by the end of the decade.

At that time the council announced that they would be extending its recycling scheme. 

This allows residents the chance to recycle more household objects, including glass and mixed plastics in their own recycling bins at their homes. 

The council are also calling on its residents to reduce and reuse as much waste as they possibly can. 

Councillor Syed Ghani, Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said, “I’m thrilled to see this fantastic increase in our borough’s recycling rates, and I’m really proud that our residents are taking that quick and easy step of recycling more to help protect our environment. Our residents wanted to recycle more things at home, and the increase in recycling is testament to their commitment to help create a greener borough. Let’s hope it continues as the months go on.

“If you’re not already recycling at home, please do so. It’s really easy to do and it means you’ll have more space for waste in your general waste bin. We all lead busy lives and one quick way to get into the habit of recycling is to place reminders around the home, before you bin a recyclable item. And choosing recyclable packaging where possible, such as buying a box of pasta rather than a bag, or storing food leftovers in containers rather than cling film, can really help to reduce plastic waste.

“We’re absolutely committed to reducing and recycling more household waste in Barking and Dagenham, and by taking these small steps together, we will create a greener borough for everyone going forward.”

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