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Upcycle, recycle, but don't just throw it away!

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25 September 2017

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To mark Recycle Week 2017, Enfield Council has made a series of films aimed at reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.

- Enfield Council’s upcycling films add some fun behind a serious message
- Residents are urged to upcycle or recycle tin, glass and paper
- The first film coincides with Recycle Week 2017
 
To mark Recycle Week 2017 (25 September -1 October), Enfield Council has made a series of films aimed at reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.
 
Enfield Council is asking residents to get creative by upcycling or recycling their rubbish rather than just binning it.
 
The first short film will be released next week and shows – ‘Blue Peter style’ – how to make tins into herb containers. Other videos will focus on jars that can be turned into tea-light holders and newspaper that can be used as wrapping paper.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Upcycling is really just creative recycling and so ultimately, if you forgive the pun, we’d like Enfield residents to think outside of the box!


“We, of course, want residents to recycle responsibly and thoughtfully, but also rethink how they consume products and, in the process, deliver practical and innovative solutions that can be implemented easily.


"So If you are feeling up to the challenge, why not try upcycling?”


The films will be accessible on YouTube and Facebook, and @EnfieldCouncil will also be sending out tweets on recycling. So if you have produced any interesting upcycling projects, why not share them with us?
 
Meanwhile, Enfield Council is proud to be supporting Recycle Week, now in its 14th year. Fronted by the charity the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) this year’s theme is 'What Goes Around Comes Around'.

The campaign explains how recycling one item can lead to the creation of something rather surprising e.g. a recycled shampoo bottle could come back as a football shirt; or egg shells can be used to help generate electricity.
You can learn more here:
http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/recycle-week-2017
 
Cllr Anderson added, “Enfield residents actively recycle over a third of their waste, but there is obviously still room for improvement. So in order to help build environmentally aware, welcoming and strong communities across Enfield, we must encourage our residents to recycle confidently and correctly.”
 
For more information on what can and can’t be recycled and what to do with your unwanted items, please go to our website.