It’s Recycle Week and Braintree District Council is supporting national campaign to get real about recycling

Does my recycling really make a difference?  Yes it does

Now in its 18th year, Recycle Week is the nation’s biggest annual celebration of recycling. This Recycle Week, Recycle Now and Braintree District Council are encouraging people to recycle right.

This Recycle Week, Recycle Now and Braintree District Council are getting real, about where we are, where we want to be and how we’re all going to get there, together.

Following its biggest year ever in 2021, Recycle Week is back for 2022, and this year it’s about to Get Real. Residents have more questions than ever about their recycling, and Braintree District Council is supporting Recycle Now by giving people real answers throughout the week and beyond.

This year’s campaign will focus on three common questions that many of us have when it comes to recycling: 

  • Does my recycling really make a difference?
  • One item in the bin can’t hurt, can it?
  • Recycling is so confusing, isn’t it?

Recycle Now is providing recycling information and insights to answer these questions and clarify that by recycling we really can make a difference. In fact, recycling in the UK saves 18 million tonnes of Co2 a year – all these factors reduce greenhouse gas emissions which lead to climate change.

By getting our recycling right we can also have an impact. One wrong item in a recycling food waste bin, garden waste bin or clear sacks from each of us, can make whole lorry loads unrecyclable. Recycling doesn’t have to be confusing - that’s what the Recycling Locator is for! Just pop in your postcode to find out what you can recycle in the Braintree District.

Top tips for recycling in the Braintree District:

  • Recycle more of these items: plastic bottles from your kitchen and bathroom, metal food tins and cans and don’t forget you can also include aerosols
  • Make sure these never go in your recycling sacks: glass, food, nappies, polystyrene

Cllr Richard van Dulken, Cabinet Member for Operations and Commercialisation at Braintree District Council, said: “Recycling the right things, is a way we can all help improve our district’s overall recycling rate, and with thanks to residents’ efforts, we are currently recycling over 50% of waste collected. However, there is always room for improvement and if we all make a bit of extra effort, together we can make a big difference.”

Braintree District Council has also released a video you can watch on YouTube to see what happens to your recycling after it is collected:

Craig Stephens, Campaign Manager for Recycle Now, said: “By recycling even better we can have a big impact on our environment. In the Braintree District, it’s no different – more and more people are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right. So come on everyone, keep up the great work and let’s make the Braintree District’s recycling better than ever before!”

To find out more about how to recycle right, visit: email:, or call our Customer Service Centre on 01376 552525

To find out more about Recycle Week visit

Published: 18th October 2022