Recycle Week 2019

Living Magazines Crisp Packet Recycling Week

Dacorum Borough Council has introduced new crisp packet recycling facilities to mark Recycling Week 2019 which runs from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 September.

The Council has partnered up with Terracycle who have a crisp packet recycling scheme in place. Residents are encouraged to save and store their crisp packets and bring them along to the two public recycling points at:

  • The Forum (Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN).
  • Herts County Council (Apsley Campus, Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9DQ).

These two points will act as a trial and if the scheme is popular and well-used the Council will work to roll out more drop off points to other areas within the borough.

This is the 17th annual Recycle Week and latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago because of environmental concerns.

The research shows that more and more UK households are recycling all of their plastic drinks, cleaner, toiletry and shampoo bottles, amongst other items including glass and metal tin cans. Nearly a third of these people list environmental concerns as the main reason for doing more and others attribute it to an increased awareness of what can be recycled.

Whilst the research showed an increase in recycling, it also shows that UK households sometimes incorrectly put items like nappies, toys and toothpaste tubes in the recycling bin.

Dacorum is a borough of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in Dacorum:

  • Recycle more of these items: aluminium foil, aerosols, drink cartons, plastic pots tubs and trays, bathroom toiletries like shower gel and shampoo bottles.
  • Make sure these never go in the recycling bin: food waste, nappies, any scrunchy plastic such as crisp packets or sweet wrappers, ‘compostable’ plastics, polystyrene, garden waste, clothes or batteries and electricals.

If you’re at all unsure about how to recycle a specific item, remember that you can simply check on Dacorum Borough Council’s blue-lidded bin webpage:

What and how we recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

Craig Stephens, campaign manager for Recycle Now, said: ‘This year we’ve all taken more notice of our impact on the environment, and realised that recycling is part of reducing that impact. Here in Dacorum it’s no different – more and more of us are recycling, so the next step is to make sure we get our recycling right.’

To find out more about Recycle Week, visit