If there was ever a moment to take stock of your recycling habits and double down on your waste management processes, it’s Recycle Week 2021 (September 20-26).
Recycle Now’s annual event – now in its 18th year – encourages businesses, public bodies and individuals to review their recycling knowledge and ask themselves what more they could be doing.
This year’s theme is “Step It Up”, which turns the spotlight on climate change and the fact we’re not doing enough recycling to stop it.
Here’s what to look out for during Recycle Week 2021 in a few of the areas SunSkips serves, as well as what you can do to be part of the solution.
According to Recycle Now, more than half (55%) of UK households still throw recyclable waste into the general rubbish bin.
Not only that, the waste we are recycling is often rejected for either being too small, dirty or simply non-recyclable.
In Suffolk alone, about 10,000 tonnes (roughly 20%) of waste collected from residents is rejected, meaning there’s a huge amount of recyclable material going to waste.
But recycling saves the UK 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year (it takes less energy to recycle than to make brand new things), so we all have the potential to make a big impact simply by putting our rubbish in the right bin.
Being passionate about both recycling and the local community, SunSkips is always happy to spread the word about local initiatives to promote Recycle Week.
Throughout Recycle Week 2021, Suffolk Recycling is giving residents the chance to win £100 to spend at EcoHug (but you better know your stuff, because you’ll need to answer a few questions about local recycling).
Cllr James Mallinder, chair of Suffolk Waste Partnership, said, “People across Suffolk already recycle a great deal of their waste, either in their bins at home or by taking recyclable or reusable items to their local recycling centre, bottle banks or by donating to charities.
“This superb effort will not only make the most of the planet’s precious resources, but it is an effective way to help tackle the climate emergency that all local authorities have signed up to address in Suffolk.”
Also, look out for local landmarks Felixstowe Pier, Ipswich Town Hall and The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, which will be lit up in green to mark Recycle Week 2021.
There are two other buildings being lit green in Suffolk this week. Let us know if you spot them! pic.twitter.com/BiQxfj2Hjg
— Suffolk Recycling (@suffolkrecycle) September 21, 2021
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It’s hard to know where to start when stepping up your recycling game, so here’s a few easy-to-action tips that’ll get you on your way to becoming a better recycler in minutes flat…
If you’re having a clear-out this Recycle Week, you can trust SunSkips to recycle as much of your waste as possible. Book your skip online or give us a call on 01449 360 036 or 01223 976 496.