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Costumed characters bring their recycling message to Chatham - pictures now available

Date: 14/08/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Bertie Bottle and his friend Georgie Jar brought their recycling message to Chatham today (Wednesday, 13 August) as part of a week-long tour of Medway. The two colourful characters braved the wind and rain this week to remind shoppers they can recycle their empty glass bottles and jars along with their newspapers, metal cans and plastic bottles through Medway Council’s blue box kerbside collection. Bertie and Georgie handed out bundles of the council’s blue recycling bags to eager shoppers at Gillingham and Strood markets and at Emmaus square in Chatham High Street. They also had some human friends on hand who spoke to more than 2,000 shoppers about what items can be recycled through the recycling collections and handed out more than 1500 packs of blue recycling bags. Bertie said: “We have really enjoyed our tour of Medway and spoken to lots of people about what items they can recycle through the household collections. Most people seemed to know that they can now put their empty glass bottles and jars in their blue boxes and bags, but it was good to talk to other residents about the new introduction. I hope this will mean that even more people will start recycling and stop sending their rubbish to landfill.” Georgie added: “This trip has given us the chance to talk to people about how making small changes to their everyday life, like putting an empty glass jam jar in their blue box or bag, can have a huge effect on the planet. “Quite a few of my friends have ended up being sent to overcrowded and ugly landfill sites, when they could have been recycled into something new. Please spare a thought for my glass friends and remember to think blue, not black.” Notes: Medway’s household recyclable material is sent Veolia’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Rainham, Essex, which underwent an extensive refurbishment programme that enables the facility to separate out glass from other recyclable materials. The glass collection is part of Medway Council’s ongoing campaign to make it easier for residents to recycle their household waste and send less waste to landfill. Residents can request a blue box by calling Customer First on 01634 333333 or email customer.first@medway.gov.uk Extra blue bags are available at the council’s contact points in Chatham, Strood, Rochester, Gillingham and Rainham. Recycling tips: Recycling is collected fortnightly. Please put out your recycling by 7am on collection day and make sure it’s next to, but separate from, your rubbish for landfill. Don’t put extra recycling out in black bags - these are treated as rubbish for landfill and will not be recycled. If you run out of blue bags you can collect more free from Medway Council contact points - call 01634 333333 for more information. Reduce your waste and improve the condition of your garden at the same time by investing in a compost bin. Visit www.recyclenow.com/home_composting to order a reduced-price compost bin. Fact file: How do I recycle glass using my blue box and bag? Put your glass bottles and jars in your blue box or bag along with all your normal recycling. Medway’s household recyclable material is sent to Veolia’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Rainham, Essex, which has just undergone an extensive refurbishment programme that enables the facility to separate out glass from other recyclable materials What types of glass can be recycled? You can put glass bottles or jars of any colour in your blue box or bag. Other glass items (for example window glass, drinking glasses, light bulbs or Pyrex) cannot be recycled from home - please place these securely with your non-recyclable rubbish. What happens to glass that’s recycled in my blue box and bag? Glass collected will be recycled in a number of ways, including as a substitute for aggregates, in filtration systems, in brick making and as fibreglass insulation. I have a lot of glass from a party - what should I do? Please be considerate to the collection crews and don’t place a box or bag full of glass out for collection. Either mix your glass with other materials to spread the weight or take excess glass bottles or jars to your local bottle bank. To find out where this is visit www.medway.gov.uk/recyclenow or call 01634 333333.