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NFDC at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show: Helping residents get recycling in the bag

Cllr Alison Hoare launching the NFDC summer recycling campaign with Cllr Keith Mans, deputy leader of Hampshire County Council Councillor Alison Hoare, NFDC's portfolio holder for the environment and regulatory services launched our summer recycling campaign 'Six in the Sack' at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show on Wednesday 25 July. 

"We are aiming to raise awareness among New Forest residents of exactly what can be recycled in their clear recycling sacks" said Councillor Hoare.

"Our stand at this year's show aims to show visitors why Community Matters; and Wednesday's focus is on Place," she continued. "One of the ways we can all play our part in protecting our beautiful local environment is by recycling as much of our waste as possible. By ensuring that residents understand what can and cannot be recycled, we can increase the amount of waste being recycled."

Councillor Hoare was joined at the launch by Hampshire County Council Deputy Leader and member for Brockenhurst, Councillor Keith Mans and Head of Project Integra Vicky Beechey.

Recycling contaminated with non-recyclable materials costs more to process and reduces the amount of waste that gets recycled. Bright, informative displays in our New Forest Show stand and a Six in the Sack information leaflet for visitors clearly signposted the six materials that can be collected for recycling: paper, card, tins, cans, aerosols and plastic bottles.

When the wrong items are placed in the clear recycling sacks, they can be rejected at the recycling facility, increasing the cost of processing and reducing the amount of waste that gets recycled. Some of the items mistakenly placed in the clear recycling sacks include plastic bags, pots, tubs and trays, drinks cartons and Tetrapaks, tin foil and textiles. These items should be placed in the black rubbish sack for energy recovery.

Young visitors to the show had fun testing their recycling knowledge at a Mini-MRF (material recovery facility) where they could don high-vis jackets and hard hats and sort recycling on a moving conveyor belt, just like in a real material recovery facility.

The New Forest District Council stand features displays and activities designed to show visitors why 'Community Matters'. As well as general information and displays about council services, there are interactive activities for children and adults, along with friendly council staff on hand to answer questions. We can be found on block 225, stand 24, opposite the Rathbones East Ring for the three days of the Show.

Published: 25 Jul 2018
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