New can recycling scheme in Barnstaple

December 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Recycling is growing in importance across the UK as more people are realising, that if they recycle their products instead of throwing them away, they can play a significant role in helping to prevent rubbish going to landfill sites and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Now a new scheme has launched in Barnstaple in Devon to encourage more people in the town to get involved in doing something good by recycling their drinks cans instead of throwing them away.

Every Can Counts has launched the recycling programme along with Barnstaple Town Council and BID Barnstaple. The scheme will see recycling bins appear in 400 shops and restaurants in the town centre to encourage both staff and shoppers to recycle their cans instead of throwing them away.

Barnstaple is not the first town that Every Can Counts has worked with to improve recycling. It has also joined forces with North Devon Council and other councils in the past, and it is hoping to expand even further now.

The empty cans will be collected by Community Resources, a not-for-profit organisation based in Ilfracombe, and supporters are hoping that it will go a long way to improving recycling efforts in the town.

Rick Hindley from Every Can Counts said that more than nine billion cans are sold every year in the UK and that “around 30% are consumed ‘on the go’”. They are hoping that the scheme will appeal to both workers and shoppers in the town centre, and he confirmed that they would like to “develop further projects with other town centres and retail sites in the future”.

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