BUSINESSES and organisations in Cumnock and Doon Valley are being urged to take the pledge to take action on household plastics this Recycle Week.

The annual UK-wide campaign runs from September 24-30 with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of recycling.

This year, Zero Waste Scotland is calling time on the 30,000 tonnes of plastic bottles ending up in landfill each year, when they could have been recycled.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “Recycle Week is the ideal opportunity to do more to make sure we’re recycling as much as we can. We all use plastic bottles in our daily routines – from shampoo and shower gel, to cleaning products – which can all be widely recycled, and it doesn’t take long to do.

“The issue of single use plastics has been well-documented during the last year, and we want to make sure Scots are aware that we need to take action on plastic now.

"We have seen recycling rates improve across the country but we’re still seeing too many plastic bottles end up in landfill unnecessarily.”

Zero Waste Scotland want organisations to support the campaign through their online partner guide to highlight how recycling plastic bottles around the home, as well as the workplace can make a difference for future generations.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham added: “Scotland’s vision is for a zero waste society.

"The target we’re working towards is to send no more than five per cent of all waste to landfill, and for 70 per cent of waste to be recycled or prepared for re-use by 2025. It’s essential that we all recycle as much and as often as we can. We do so not just for ourselves, but for future generations.”

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