Every Can Counts in Weymouth
Twenty Every Can Counts-branded can crushers have been installed across the borough in high footfall locations in and around the town centre, tourist sites and in areas that do not currently benefit from on-street recycling facilities. The can crushers are designed to make recycling easy, accessible and convenient, and complement recycling ‘twin bins’ for plastic bottles, cans and paper that have also recently been installed in the area.
With the population of Weymouth set to almost double as a result of visiting tourists, day trippers and spectators this summer, the council is using the Every Can Counts programme to help meet increased recycling needs.
After the summer, 10 can crushers will remain in the area to help ensure Weymouth’s recycling efforts are maintained in the longer term.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is currently working towards a recycling rate of 60% in line with Dorset’s Waste Strategy. The Every Can Counts programme complements this and supports the council’s goal of increasing overall awareness of recycling as a way of life in Dorset.
Rick Hindley of Every Can Counts said: “A very exciting summer lies ahead for Weymouth and we’re honoured to be working with the council to help the environmental message get seen, heard and acted upon. Meeting the recycling needs of the estimated 50,000 people set to visit the borough this summer is no small feat. It’s encouraging to see Weymouth and Portland Borough Council lead the way in keeping recycling front of mind for both visitors and local residents.”
Of the 20 can crushers that will be installed, 10 have been provided by the UK Can Makers, a funding partner of Every Can Counts.
The Every Can Counts programme is funded by a partnership comprising UK and European drinks can manufacturers, the aluminium and steel packaging and recycling industries, and energy drinks brand Red Bull.