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Recycling rap hits the right notes

Slough Borough Council recycling collector Mike Livingston has composed a rap to easily convey to residents what goes into their red recycling bin.
Mike, known as Mike the Hyype, came up with ‘The Recycling Song’ after discovering them full of items which cannot be recycled.
Converting the music into a track came to fruition after a chance conversation between Mike and the council’s chief executive Josie Wragg. Then with the expert skills of the council’s youth advisor, Karl Drummond, also known as Reggae producer ‘Fresharda’, the rap was laid down to music. DJ/Producer Stevoss who manages Britwell Youth and Community Project’s Recording Studio was also drafted in on the project. The communications team’s Daniya Kayani then created the video for the rap along with media agency Voss Arts Media LTD.


The tune has been released in a bid to reach residents who fill their red recycling bins with items like black bags, greasy take away containers, dirty nappies, clothes, plastic toys and fruit and vegetable peelings.
Mike said: “On the rounds, we meet people who get frustrated when their bins aren’t collected because there is something in them which we can’t take away to be processed.
“But when you take the time to talk to them, and explain why, they listen and understand and the song is just a different way of trying to inform residents. What recycling operatives and the council want is for the right recycling to end up in the red bins so more can be reused."

Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Our fantastic staff have such wonderful hidden talents and we are so pleased they are happy to share them with us to promote the services they work in.” The council accepts JUST Four items in the red bin and they are drink and food cans, plastic in the shape of bottles, glass jars and bottles and clean and dry paper and cardboard.
For more information about what can go it go to www.slough.gov.uk/recycling.
The video can be viewed at YouTube youtu.be/yR25wtA8q6k or look for Slough Borough Council YouTube page.

Recycle more items at Chalvey HWRC. A list here www.slough.gov.uk/recycling

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