Going green in Recycling Week

SHEFFIELD residents were encouraged to go green by Sheffield City Council and waste firm Veolia as part of National Recycle Week.

People were shown how to make the most of their garden waste through composting at a series of events across the city.

Visitors also had the opportunity to find out more about the revamped green sack service, which gives residents without a green bin the choice to use their own green sacks or collect them free from outlets across the city to recycle their garden waste.

Last year, Sheffield recycled more green sack waste than ever before and the total tonnage since the scheme began is currently at the same weight as 3,000 family cars.

Simon (the Scarecrow) Heathcote, recycling assistant at Veolia in Sheffield, said: “The interest in home composting has been fantastic. It’s great to see so many Sheffield residents interested in going green in their garden.

“Approximately 20% of the average household’s rubbish is made up of green garden waste. If this waste ends up in the black wheeled bin, a valuable resource that could be turned into compost is wasted.

“Residents can keep their gardens clean and tidy and help us to recycle garden waste by using their green waste collection service and home composting.”

Also showcased were posters by design students from local community organisation Kelvin Media Productions, who had put their creative skills into action to help celebrate National Recycle Week.

They were crowned the winners of a competition held by Veolia to create a poster promoting home composting.

For more information on the new green sack collection service or home composting, visit www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield or call 0114 273 4567.