This year’s National Recycle Week is happening between 23-29 September and it’s never been so important to raise the awareness. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know what a dire state our planet is in and we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves. The amount of rubbish we produce has been escalating over the last 50 years. Our oceans are brimming with plastic, wildlife is suffering and the world as we know it is under threat.

The UK government estimate that we generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year in England alone! The good news is that it’s not to late to make a change by making recycling a priority in our lives. More people than ever are taking steps to make recycling part of their everyday lives, but there’s much work to be done.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Whether you’re a recycling virgin or veteran, there’s always more you can do, even if it’s just educating others to follow your shiny recycling example.

Reduce – Cutting down on waste starts at the supermarket. By only buying what you need, you’ll significantly cut down on waste. Be aware of the amount of packaging on products – if there’s an alternative that uses less packaging, go for it! You can also reduce paper wastage by going paperless and cancelling any unwanted mail subscriptions.

Reuse – Think twice before you throw things away. Can you use it again for something else? Jars and pots make great storage containers and plastic bags can be reused as bin liners. Whilst we are on the plastic bag point though, it is a good idea to always have a durable foldable bag with you as standard practice. There’s no point using more plastic bags if we can help it.

Recycle – There’s so much you can recycle. From plastic, glass and paper to tins, batteries and even mobile phones.  How many old mobile phones you have knocking about in your drawer? There are actually companies like Envirofone who offer a mobile recycling service and you’ll even get money for it!

Not having a recycling bin is also no excuse. If you don’t have one at home, you can call your local council and request one. There are also many recycling banks across the UK that can be used to recycle different materials.

You can find out everything you need to know about recycling at This year’s Recycle Week has the support of over 80 business partners, including John Lewis, Tesco and H&M. They’re all fully on board. Are you?

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