The 30-day challenge kicks off on September 1st 2021 and will coincide with both Zero Waste Week (6-10th September) and National Recycle Week (20-26th September).
Villagers are being encouraged to step up to this Nottinghamshire-wide initiative to bring down our carbon footprint and reduce waste. It takes the form of a series of challenges showing us how we can help make a difference at home – and around Ruddington – in our everyday life, giving us all the chance to break old habits and form new, ‘green’ ones.
These include learning how to be ‘Bin Smart’ and recycle the right things, reminding ourselves how to reduce and reuse, and understanding how these 3Rs play a vital role in the fight against climate change.
Ruddington already has a head-start in some areas – with the top photo showing four village initiatives – Edible Ruddington, the new soft plastic recycling bin at the Co-op , Refill Ruddington encouraging us to re-use our plastic bottles, and some of the eco-friendly products at The Bottle Top on High Street. Owners Alex and Anthony Preston have become well known in Ruddington for their environmentally friendly initiatives. Not only that, the duo source most of their produce locally – selling plastic-free fruit and veg, and refills for our pantry staples. They also stock household cleaning product and bathroom refills – again allowing us to re-use our existing containers rather than buy single-use ones.
NCC Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Chairman of Transport and Environment Committee says: “We’ve already had a fantastic number of residents sign up to the challenge – and you can do so at any point throughout September.” However, the earlier you sign up to ‘Go Green for September’, the more tips you’ll receive.
Lea Hawkes, General Manager at Veolia, adds: “We don’t need to completely change our lifestyles to make an impact. Small actions will make a big difference, which is why the Nottinghamshire Recycles Go Green 30-day challenge is a great way to get involved and help protect the environment for the future.”
Competitions, with hundreds of eco-friendly prizes to be won, are being offered throughout September, aiming to keep everyone motivated during the challenge – with extra prize draws if you get involved and share updates about the challenge on social media using #NottsRecycles.
Why not get your friends and colleagues to take part and support each other? Maybe even try a bit of friendly neighbourhood competition within Ruddington, to see who’s the greenest?
You’re encouraged to visit www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/gogreenforseptember, as quickly as possible, to get yourself signed up.