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Now in its 19th year, Recycle Week is Recycle Now’s flagship annual event. A celebration of recycling across the nation, galvanising the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.

This year's theme: Let's Get Real about Recycling

Let's Get Real About Recycling

Following the recent sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll and the subsequent postponement of Recycle Week 2022, we are pleased to announce that Recycle Week 2022 will now be 17–23 October.

We’re a nation of real recyclers. Real people, with real lives that sometimes get in the way. Forgot to rinse after a long day? We’ve all been there. And everyone chucks without checking once in a while. But the reality is that wrong items can spoil the bunch, and make whole lorry loads un-recyclable. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still room to grow.

And that’s why this year, we’re getting real about recycling. If everyone plays their part, progress will keep happening all round. So, let’s check the Locator and get recycling right. It won’t take much to make a real difference.

This Recycle Week, we’re getting real. About where we are. Where we want to be. And how we’re all going to get there, together.

We are delighted to announce that Recycle Week 2022 already has the sponsorship of Coca-Cola, Danone, innocent, McDonalds, Ocado, Arla Foods and Natural Source Waters Association. Please get in contact if you are interested in sponsoring this year's campaign.

Highlights from Recycle Week 2021

In 2021, Recycle Now welcomed celebrity ambassador JJ Chalmers; Invictus Games athlete, TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing Star to front the week.

Over the seven days a myriad of campaign activities happened across the nation including three striking murals on prominent buildings in London, Newcastle and Belfast. Each was created by local artists who interpreted the ‘Step It Up’ theme. The artworks were created using Ambient Pro paint, which absorbs CO2 and cleans the air of other toxins.

"It takes less energy and fewer emissions to recycle than to make things from scratch, which is why recycling saves a total of 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year in the UK"   -

How you can get involved in the next Recycle Week

There are many ways to get involved with the campaign, including following our social media channels and using #RecycleWeek.

And recycling more of the right thing, more often!

Look out for Recycle Week 2022 in September!

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Recycle Now is brought to you by the international climate action charity, WRAP. WRAP also delivers information, support and resources to help us all reduce our food waste, through the website Love Food Hate Waste and Food Waste Action Week, in March.

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