Recycle Week, running from 21 - 27 September is the largest national annual recycling campaign, delivered by Recycle Now.
The theme for the 17th annual Recycle Week is "Together We Recycle" and will thank the UK for continuing to recycle despite the challenges presented by the global Covid-19 pandemic.
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’. Coming out of lockdown, more of us are prepared to change our lifestyles to help the environment: 73%, up from 68% in 2019.
Despite everything that’s happened, YOU have shown that there’s still one small but powerful act every one of us can perform, every day, no matter who we are, where we’re from or what we do, to enact positive change on the world around us.
We need to harness this opportunity and keep motivating each other and our communities to reduce waste, reuse the items we have and recycle valuable resources to create a circular economy. Wherever you live. Wherever you call home. 89% of us recycle. Keep doing your bit. This year and every year.
Coming up this week...
♻️ We'll be launching a fantastic NEW recycling resource created by Community Champion Alyson to help you find out where to recycle the items that can't go in your kerbside collection. Watch Alyson's Web Chat for a sneak preview!
♻️ Alyson will also be joining us for a social media Q & A so get ready to join the conversation as we dive into all of your nagging questions about what and where you can recycle locally.
♻️ We'll be sharing insightful blogs from our Community Champions on the Circular Economy and creative upcycling, plus a fantastic guest blog on "why recycling matters" by Gilly Carr, Founder of Luxecycled: the recycled marketplace.
♻️ And there's more! This year's celebrations will end with a weekend of environmental action as Merton residents grab their litter pickers and join the Great British September Clean! Together, we'll be helping to clean up our parks and streets and putting litter in its place. Will you be part of the pick? Find out more HERE
We want to hear YOUR stories!
Why does recycling matter to you? Have you found new and creative ways to recycle old clothes or other items in your home? Tag us @SustainableMert (Twitter) and @sustainablemerton (Instagram) to join the conversation!
*The figures come from research carried out during lockdown and an omnibus survey
completed in July.