Biggest Recycle Week ever hits the nation!
Recycle Now launches its most exciting Recycle Week to date, working with some of the biggest brands in the UK
23rd - 29th September 2019
In a year of protests and marches people have had enough of the status quo and want things to change quickly! Inspired by Our Planet, and Greta Thunberg to Sir David Attenborough – environmental concerns have never been so important to us.
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that over 60% of UK households are now recycling more than they were a year ago. Nearly a third of these people cite environmental concerns as the main driver for doing more and others attribute it to an increased awareness of what can be recycled.
Whilst the research showed an increase in recycling, it also showed that UK households sometimes incorrectly put items like nappies, toys and toothpaste tubes in the recycling bin.
This year during Recycle Week, some of the UK’s biggest brands and organisations are joining forces to help the nation act by recycling more of the right things more often
Why? Because Britain is taking recycling into their own hands.
How can you get involved?
- Follow Recycle Now on social media to keep up to date with all the latest campaign updates and recycling tips using #recycleweek and #inourownhands
- Most importantly – check you’re getting your recycling right by visiting www.recyclenow.com/recycle-week-2019
“This truly looks like it’s going to be the best Recycle Week yet, and we’re thrilled to have support from a huge range of brands, retailers and businesses. More and more people are recycling, which keeps materials in use and out of the environment. If you’re uncertain about how to recycle anything in your local area, our Recycling Locator can help– just pop in your postcode! It’s in our own hands – together we can do this!”
Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:
“We know people want to do their bit and recycle more – and our landmark Resources and Waste Strategy sets out how, together, we can move away from being a ‘throw-away’ society.
“By cutting our reliance on single-use plastics, ending confusion over household recycling, tackling the problem of packaging by making polluters pay, and slashing food waste, we will reuse and recycle more, helping to leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it.
“WRAP’s Recycle Week is a great reminder of some of the simple steps we can all take to improve our own record and do our bit to reduce our footprint on our precious planet.”
We will be lighting up one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK; the London Eye. It will be lit up green in support of Recycle Week on Wednesday 25th September.
Partners for Recycle Week include: -
Unilever, Evian, Danone, Marks & Spencer, Aldi, Morrisons, Britvic, Innocent, Boots, Ella’s Kitchen, Kimberly Clarke, Robinson Squash, Highland Spring Group, Fruit Shoot, Purdey’s, J2O, Aqua Libra, Tango, Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Ecover and Method.
“At Unilever, we are committed to ensuring that, globally, all of our plastic packaging is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, and to using more recycled plastic content. In the UK and Ireland, driven by our new #GetPlasticWise campaign, we are working to significantly accelerate our progress. This year eleven Unilever brands are showing their support for Recycle Week including Magnum, TRESemmé, Sure, Surf, Seventh Generation, Persil, Comfort, Cif, Domestos, Simple, Love Beauty and Planet, and will be providing hints, tips and encouragement across social channels to encourage more of the nation to get recycling”.
“Coca Cola are committed to ensuring that all of our packaging is as sustainable as possible and all of it is recovered and recycled. All of our bottles and cans are 100% recyclable and we’re taking steps to make it even easy for consumers to recycle it – including our recent announcement that we’re moving from plastic to cardboard on our multipacks which is more easily recycled. We’re delighted to be working closely with Recycle Now to support this year’s Recycle Week in which we are also launching a new campaign reminding people that if they recycle their bottle it can be recycled into another bottle again.”
“For Britvic, 2019 is a year of action – tackling packaging waste head on, and with pace. “Recycling” is a key strategic pillar within our Sustainability agenda. We are proud of the work we have done to ensure 100% of all Britvic cans and bottles are recyclable. Working closely with WRAP, we are excited to take this to the next level - inspiring consumers to do something powerful and make radical improvements to their own recycling behaviours”.
“During Recycle Week, Highland Spring Group will have our ‘recycling heroes’ out and about in Perthshire, Scotland explaining our approach to providing healthy hydration in an environmentally sustainable way and helping ensure any litter is placed in recycling bins. We will also be working with our suppliers and partners to promote activity and encourage them get behind Recycle Week”.
Craig Stephens from Recycle Now shares his top recycling tips this Recycle Week:
If each us re-used or recycled just one more thing each day, it would make a huge difference. For example, recycling one bleach bottle saves enough energy to power a street light for 6½ hours! Become an even better recycler by doing the following:
1. If it’s plastic and bottle shaped, recycle it
Most of us recycle. But in the UK, we only recycle 58% of bottles at home. We can do better! Just empty, crush and replace the lids before recycling. And remember to recycle bleach and detergent bottles. Trigger sprays can be left on cleaning bottles.
2. Remember to recycle from the bathroom
Whilst almost 90% of people in the UK claim to regularly recycle from the kitchen, only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. It’s important to make sure we recycle here too – in fact, if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year. As well as toothpaste boxes, toilet roll tubes, aerosols, shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner bottles can all be recycled – but take the pump dispenser off liquid soap bottles first. For quick hacks on bathroom recycling check out https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/recycling-bathroom.
3. Give it a quick rinse
For pots, tubs and trays, just give them a quick rinse before recycling them; remember to remove the plastic film. There’s no need to get every spot of food off, and dishwashing them is a step too far – and a waste of energy!
4. Leave the lid on
When recycling glass, empty the contents then put the lid back on – including the metal lids on jam jars and the caps on bottles. Glass reprocessors separate them and are very grateful for them too! Don’t put drinking glasses or Pyrex cookware in the recycling – these are made from different materials which can’t be recycled.
5. Remove food from card packaging
Remove chunks of food from paper and card packaging before recycling. For example, you can put in the pizza box, just make sure that any food has been removed.
6. Use the scrunch test
Not sure if a piece of paper can be recycled? Try scrunching it up in your hand. If it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled. It’s a good test to use with wrapping paper. And if you’re recycling birthday cards, tear off any glittery bits first.
7. Give it a quick squish
Give cans and plastic bottles a quick squish - that’ll save room in your recycling bin and make them more efficient to transport. Scrunch foil items loosely together to help them get through the sorting process without getting lost.
8. If you’re not sure, check
If you’re not sure if, how or where you can recycle an item, visit the Recycle Now Recycling Locator www.recyclenow.com - just put in your postcode and the answer will pop up.
- Put a nappy in the recycling bin
- Put medical supplies like syringes in the recycling bin
- Put your recycling in a black bag – chances are high that it will be mistaken for rubbish
Remember that by recycling, you are disposing of rubbish in the most environmentally friendly way. We are a nation of recyclers – and we really are making a difference!