Recycling routine ‘can be expanded’

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Northumberland County Council is lending its support to Recycle Week 2015.

The theme of the initiative, which runs from Monday until Sunday, June 28, is ‘recycling around the home’, and the authority will be encouraging residents to expand their recycling routine to more rooms in the house.

For example, suitable items from the bathroom include cardboard toilet roll tubes, plastic shampoo and moisturiser bottles, toothpaste boxes bleach bottles and liquid soap bottles (remove any trigger top sprays).

The bedroom is also a source of a variety of recyclable items, such as tissue boxes, old magazines and deodorant cans.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for local services at the council, said: “Residents across Northumberland do a great job with their recycling, but there are always more items that can be considered.

“During Recycle Week, we want to thank everyone for their recycling efforts and ask them, if they don’t already, to look a little further than the kitchen and recycle items from other rooms in the home.”

For more information, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/waste and go to the ‘recycling information and advice’ section.

• The county council is introducing a new telephone number (0345 6006400) to help cut the cost for those ringing for help and advice.

Residents currently call a local number based on their local exchange or an 0845 number. Rates for this latter number differ depending on the caller’s own phone package, so to make the cost of calling the council fairer, the number now starts with 0345, which is charged at a local rate. The remaining seven digits will stay exactly the same.