Recycling saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 in the UK every year, but it could be more. Find out how Recycle Week is aiming to plug the information gap.
If you work in any part of the print and paper industry, it shouldn’t have escaped your notice that this week (September 20-26) is Recycle Week. Billed as the country’s annual celebration of recycling, Recycle Week celebrates all recycling across the UK, uniting retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media in promoting the act of recycling.
Now in its 18th year, the 2021 Recycle Week has the theme of ‘Step It Up’, imploring people, companies, councils and politicians to do more to encourage recycling to combat climate change. Alongside a host of big brand backers, including Britvic, PepsiCo, Defra, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Waitrose and Danone, the organisers of Recycle Week (the Waste & Resources Action Programme, or WRAP) have released the results of their latest study into recycling habits and behaviours.
The research found that 89% of UK respondents say they regularly recycle, with 56% saying they have recycled more in the past year. Encouraging results, but the study also found that UK citizens want more information about what they can and can’t recycle in their kerbside collection, with almost half (44%) say they are not satisfied with the clarity of this information.