Torfaen Council supports the mighty mission to help Wales become the number one recycling nation this Recycle Week

Posted on: Wednesday 15 September 2021

Wales is already the third best recycling nation in the world, and the Mighty Mission to get us to number one continues into Recycle Week 2021 from 20 to 26 September.

Recycling plays an essential role in tackling climate change and it’s a simple thing that everyone can do to help make a real impact. The Council has taken steps in recent years to improve further such as increasing the range of materials that can be recycled at the Household Waste Recycling Centre, and would like to thank residents and the community for their continued efforts in improving our recycling rate in Torfaen.

Recycling is now the norm in Wales, with over 92% of us recycling regularly as part of our daily routine. We’re recycling fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells, tea bags and plate scrapings in our food caddies; recycling from every room including the bathroom and bedroom, and recycling tricky items such as empty aerosols.

However, almost half of us are still not recycling everything we can, so if we’re to help Wales reach the coveted top spot we need to step it up and recycle even more. Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for the Environment, explains:

“We should be proud of our recycling efforts, but there is still more we can do. We know our residents care about protecting the environment and want to do all they can to make Wales cleaner and greener. Together we can help get Wales to number one and protect the planet by recycling more of the right things, every time.”

To learn more about the mighty mission, visit, look out for campaign activity across the Wales Recycles social channels, or join the conversation using #RecycleWeek and #BeMightyRecycle.

Mighty tips to get Wales to number one

  • Recycling our food waste is one of the easiest ways to give our recycling rate a big boost. Put any food waste, however small, in your food waste caddy to ensure it gets collected every week.
  • Recycling doesn’t stop at the kitchen door; remember to recycle from other rooms too. You’d be amazed just how much bathroom waste such as empty shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and shower gel bottles can be recycled.
  • Most people know that water bottles, cans, and paper and card can be recycled, but don’t forget that you can also recycle more unusual items such as empty aerosols. And if you’re not sure what you can and can’t recycle in your local area, visit Wales Recycles’ Recycling Locator.
  • Squash your cans, pots, tubs and trays to save space in your recycling bag, bin, box or caddy. Give them a quick rinse when you are washing up before recycling them.
  • If Wales is going to get to number one, we all have to play our part. This means spreading the Mighty Mission on social media by sharing your recycling pics and tips using #BeMightyRecycle and #RecycleWeek.

To find out what happens to your recycling and where it goes, you can visit 

My Recycling Wales website where you will find some really useful information.

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