Recycle Week is an annual event that celebrates and promotes the benefits of recycling. It creates opportunities for everyone to implement positive change that will help protect our planet.
Over the years, the celebration has become a way for organisations and individuals to get involved in recycling efforts. Recycle Week also sheds light on new challenges happening within the environment, like the climate change crisis currently affecting the globe.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Get Real’ and will challenge perceptions and myths around recycling, and target contamination to improve recycling behaviours.
Sarah Clayton, head of citizen behaviour change WRAP, said:
“Last year was the most successful Recycle Week ever in terms of changing behaviour, with 82% of people who saw the campaign content saying they had changed their behaviour as a result. We need to see that momentum continue.
“In 2022, we want to show why recycling is important in the battle against the climate emergency. We are focusing on helping people recycle more effectively at home, showing people how to overcome barriers and providing simple support”.
Refurbs offer affordable, quality household appliances and furniture which has been preloved. Choosing to buy second hand items allows you to furnish your home for less, joining the recycling movement, reducing the amount sent to landfill and reducing the carbon footprint associated with buying new items.
Donating to or buying from local charities such as Refurbs not only enables us to provide support and services to communities across North Wales, but it also prevents hundreds of tonnes of waste going to landfill. Reusing and recycling these items rather than sending them to landfill helps reduce global warming and in turn tackle climate change.
"It takes less energy and fewer emissions to recycle than to make things from scratch, which is why recycling saves a total of 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year in the UK" - wrap.org.uk
If you’re looking to up your recycling game, why not follow these simple tips and play your part in the recycling effort:
- Think about recycling before you buy
- Reuse rather than recycle
- Compress plastic bottles and put the lids back on
- Try not to shred paper
- Keep cardboard and other recyclables clean
- Read your local recycling guide.