To mark Recycle Week 2018, SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Stuart McMillan, vows to highlight the importance of recycling considering this year’s theme “Recycling. We do. Because it matters.”
Recycle Week 2018 takes place between 24-30 September and, now in its 15th year, is a celebration of recycling organised by WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) under the Recycle Now brand. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home.
Speaking about recycling, Mr McMillan said:
“Blue Planet II motivated people to care about plastics in a way they never have before and it’s crucial that we all utilise this motivation to move towards being more environmentally friendly.
“The Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan sets out a vision for a zero waste society; where all waste is seen as a resource, is minimised, valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and most waste is sorted, leaving only limited amounts to be treated.
“In June of this year, the Scottish Government also launched a consultation regarding the development of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers in Scotland in a bid to increase recycling rates and quality of recycling, as well as reducing littering and encouraging businesses to recycle more.
“It’s frustrating that Inverclyde’s recycling services have recently been reduced, but it’s important to note that every single one of us is responsible for dealing with our waste, and recycling is just one way we can deal with it. We must also endeavour to reuse and upcycle items too if we are serious about reducing our carbon footprint.”