Recycle Week has begun and once again is packed full of recycling events lined up across the country. While the overwhelming focus is on 2018's hot topic of plastic waste, other causes are finding their voice. From individual eco-warriors to council bodies, everyone is keen to convey their own green message.
At Re-Gen Waste, we believe this is a great chance to get informed and take positive action.
What is Recycling Week?
Now in its 15th year, Recycling Week has gone from strength from strength and become a platform for a plethora of groups to raise the profile of green ideas and initiatives. This year the strapline is 'Recycle. We Do. Because It Matters', which centres around W.R.A.P.'s practical message. In the lead up to the event's launch, the organisers toured with the words 'WE DO' to promote their cause.
The event is UK wide and involves private and public bodies. Events range from school or workplace organised through to online activities and clean-ups. Last year's Recycle Week tried to inform people on how recycled products were used. The aim was to connect people to recycling by showing the journey of specific material such as plastic bottles, which can be used to make football shirts.
Why do we need Recycle Week?
There is a general understanding that recycling is positive and throughout the year the topic is a constant on our screens and radios. One of the significant problems facing recycling is understanding its outcomes. Last year, a survey in The Times found that while 8/10 people supported recycling, a greater 9/10 people were still making waste mistakes. The result of this confusion is tonnes of waste going to landfill because of contaminated bins. The same survey also found that 26% of those polled, did not understand what difference recycling makes.
In this sense, Recycle Week is the time to explain why people should recycle and what their efforts achieve. With such a constant bombardment to recycle, there are fears that people will become disillusioned with the issue. By setting a clear theme each year, Recycle Week aims to simplify the message and answer the public's questions on recycling.
What can we learn from Recycle Week?
Many organisations are using this time to dispel recycling myths and answer those longstanding questions. Somerset council have used the week to remind people of what they can and can't recycle. In this sense, Recycle Week can help get a consistent message to families and help give some refresher lessons in recycling. The same council have also set new targets this week, aiming to divert waste from landfill to incinerators by 2020.
Meanwhile, Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) have their own smart waste message, and they're talking cleaning products. In an attempt to encourage more plastic recycling, they are showcasing the results of recycled plastics such as drain pipes and waterproof clothes. ZWS are hoping that people identify more recyclable plastics when they see tangible results.
Recycle Week is just one week, however, improving recycling is an all year challenge. At Re-Gen, we work tirelessly throughout the year to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill by applying the most modern technologies. Onsite we can process plastic, aluminium and more, creating the raw materials for new products.