Together - We Recycle. Together we can make the world a better place!

Published: Monday, 21 September 2020

We and Veolia, our recycling and waste contractor, would like to thank residents for their recycling efforts as dry mixed recycling rates increase in the town.

The amount of dry materials being recycled has increased by 16 per cent since last year and the overall recycling rate has increased from 39 to 45 per cent since June 2018, when our partnership with Veolia began. Although great news, we and Veolia are working together during national Recycling Week (21 to 27 September) to thank residents for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that coronavirus has presented and to put across simple but important messages about why recycling matters and the impact that each resident can have on the environment.

In support of Recycling Week, residents will be able to see the recycling process through a social media animation and learn which items should be filling their recycling bins. They will also be able to learn about items that could be dangerous or contaminate other items and stop them being suitable for recycling too if they are incorrectly placed into recycling bins or boxes.

As part of the campaign, public recycling bins for clean paper and card, cans and tins, glass and plastic will be installed in the town centre and signposted with flags along with new and colourful chewing gum drops and cigarette butt survey bins.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “During one of the most challenging of years it’s fantastic news that people are recycling more and we want to thank everyone for their efforts in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. What I find really encouraging is that people are now thinking carefully about how they dispose of their food waste.

“Food waste can have a huge impact on the environment as if it’s not recycled it rots and releases methane, which is a damaging greenhouse gas. All the recycled food waste we collect is put to good use. So, please keep up the good work!

“Each and every one of us can make a difference and every single person that recycles their waste is helping tackle the climate emergency, by saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank our recycling and waste collection workers who carried on supporting our communities through the lockdown while the world slowed down around them.”

Shaun Donohue, General Manager for Veolia, said: “We want to make recycling easier for Northampton residents so that they can recycle more. The results are very positive so far and it is very important that even more residents put the right materials in the right bin to continue improving. Thank you for recycling!”

For more information about Northampton’s recycling service, please visit