Call to think more about waste during Recycle Week

Zero Waste Scotland is urging people in Aberdeenshire to take part in Recycle Week
Zero Waste Scotland is urging people in Aberdeenshire to take part in Recycle Week

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on people in Aberdeenshire to take part in an attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for recycling, as part of a national week to encourage people to recycle more things, more often.

The record attempt – for the fastest sort of 200 mixed items into recycling containers – is one of a host of action and events taking place during Recycle Week, which runs from September 12-18.

The event encourages people to think more about their waste disposal and find out how they can pick up and perfect their recycling habits.

Scotland’s household recycling rate is nearly 43% but more needs to be done to reach the national target of recycling 70% by 2025. By recycling properly, Scots are saving money, helping create jobs, conserving energy and protecting Scotland’s natural environment.

The record attempt, open to the public, will take place at St Enoch Centre in Glasgow this Saturday (September 10).

Further events throughout the country can be found at recycleforscotland.com

Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland chief executive, said: “After medals and records galore at Rio’s Olympics, we decided that this Recycle Week we wanted to give Scots the opportunity to be recycling record breakers.

“By being the best recyclers we can, we help to preserve Scotland’s environment, tackle climate change and help our economy. Recycle Week is a chance for everyone to brush up on recycling.”