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Recycle Week campaign

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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.

Last year’s theme: Step It Up This Recycle Week

Recycle Week 2021 illustration with lots of small cars with exhaust fumes coming out of plastic bottles

"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"   -

Last year Recycle Week focused on climate change and how by doing the simple act of recycling we can all help make a huge difference to our planet. Recycle Now asked the nation to ‘Step It Up’ and be more effective recyclers by checking items a little closer.

The brand’s latest Recycling Tracker Survey showed that while we are now very much a nation of recyclers with 9 out of 10 people recycling, still, some 55% of households put items in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

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.

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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