This week is national Recycle Week! Across the country, councils, charities and all sorts of other agencies like us are reminding people of the importance of recycling as much of their waste and unwanted possessions as possible.
Here at the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District recycling is something we’re really passionate about for a number of reasons. Firstly, litter poses a huge risk to wildlife and even pets, like Winnie the cat. Winnie was brought to us when she was found in the street with her head wedged in an empty food tin. From the plastic which ends up in the stomachs of whales, turtles and other marine life to the empty tins and plastic rings which animals can become trapped in, failure to properly dispose of and recycle is dangerous to our furry, scaly and feathered friends.
Secondly, we support the work of our animal shelter through the sale of unwanted possessions such as furniture, clothing, books, bric a brac and all sorts of items, which is a form of reusing and recycling. If charities such as ours were unable to take unwanted possessions like furniture and clothing, much of it would end up being disposed of and going to landfill rather than being purchased and reused, which is a great way to extend the life of an item. Without the generous donation of these by members of the public we’d also struggle to fund the important work we do so not only are those donating items to us doing their bit for the planet, they're helping the animals we care for too! If you have furniture or more than six bags of items to donate, we'll even collect the items from you, simply call 01422 362461 or deliver the items to one of our shops.
Finally, we take things a step further at our charity and also collect some waste items for recycling. This includes empty dry pet food packaging, print cartridges, tassimo coffee pods and a selection of plastic packaging such as biscuit and cracker wrappings. We receive small amounts of money for the items we collect, which all adds up to present a valuable contribution to the charity. Visit the Recycling page of our website to find out more.
So, this Recycle Week, think about what more you could do to recycle. Whether it’s clearing out your wardrobe, giving away that unwanted sofa, increasing the amount of household waste you recycle or simply spreading awareness. With recycling, there is always more good work to be done!
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