Recycle Week

Supporting the annual campaign to promote recycling

The largest annual national recycling campaign

Since 2004, Recycle Week has been the one week where media, local governments and brands come together to meet one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often. Organised by WRAP under the Recycle Now brand, it is the primary public awareness campaign aiming to boost recycling. In 2019 Recycle Week reached an incredible 19 million people and in 2020 Ecosurety has again supported the campaign, through promotion and financial backing.
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Recycle Week 2020

The theme for Recycle Week 2020 is to thank the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented, under the banner 'Together - We Recycle'. Statistics released by Recycle Now show that through lockdown the UK has become even more environmentally aware, with nearly 9 in 10 households saying they ‘regularly recycle’. For the first time, in 2020 Recycle Week has been supported by the following commercial donors: Ecosurety, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Co-op, Britvic, Highland Spring, Unilever UK and Ireland, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone, PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser and Suez.
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Industry insight blogs

To help shine a light on the organisations who have been working hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the nation recycling, or to prevent valuable materials becoming waste in the first place, we are publishing a series of Q&A blogs with key organisations. From those collecting our recycling at kerbside, recycling plastic and e-waste or leading the way on reuse and refill, click 'Show more' below to read our exclusive Q&As and gain a real insight form the front line.

Gwen Frist Bristol Waste Company

"It’s been insane, we're collecting Christmas amounts of waste every day."

In our first industry insight Q&A, Gwen Frost, Head of innovation and sustainability at Bristol Waste Company, tells us more about the challenges they have faced over the last six months. 

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Sam Mountain iWaste

"We have become a throw-away society and we need to try and address this from the top of the chain, not rely on consumers trying to recycle."

In our second industry insight Q&A, Sam Mountain, Director at iWaste, tells us more about the challenges they have faced over the last six months. 

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Paul Rendle-Barnes

"...a blend of industry collaboration, solutions and willingness to change, will allow us all to respond more quickly to the ‘new normal’ – whatever that may look like over the coming months."

In our third industry insight Q&A, Paul Rendle-Barnes, Group recycling director of plastic recycling specialist Indigo Environmental, tells us more about the challenges they have faced over the last six months.

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"Many repair businesses have been struggling too, so we’ve been working on ways to leverage our network to raise their profile."

We also wanted to take this opportunity to shine a light on the leading lights of reuse. James Pickstone, Online community lead from The Restart Project, tells us more about the challenges of keeping electronic devices in useful circulation.

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Jane Martin City to Sea

"There’s been lots of talk in the media about building back better, but we've seen worrying backsliding on policy and business operations during the pandemic, driving up unnecessary single-use plastic waste."

Again we take the opportunity to shine a light on reuse in our last industry Q&A. Jane Martin, Head of partnerships at City to Sea, tells us more about the challenges they have faced during the COVID pandemic.

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Recycle Week 2019

Recycle Week 2019 was inspired by the prominence of environmental activists, with the theme of 'Recycling. It's in our own hands.'. From environmental activism to Our Planet, Greta Thunberg to Sir David Attenborough - environmental concerns had never been so front of mind for the nation. 2018 was the year that Britain woke up to recycling. 2019 was the year to promote taking action.

E-waste amnesty

Rather than just promote Recycle Week 2019, it was only natural that we considered how we could help the people around us to directly take action. That's why we organised an e-waste amnesty on our local business park, providing free WEEE and batteries collections to 100 companies and 8,000 employees.
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"As the primary consumer awareness campaign focused on improving recycling in the UK, the annual Recycle Week is a key initiative that we wholeheartedly support. Beyond simply sharing the campaign on social media, we will always seek to support it as much as we can, both financially and by organising our own Recycle Week initiatives that aim to amplify the message and inspire others to act." Stephanie Housty Marketing manager, Ecosurety