Recycle Now’s 17th annual Recycle Week is thanking the nation for continuing to recycle, despite all that has happened this year.
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, 73% people are prepared to change their lifestyles to help the environment, up from 68% in 2019. And an amazing 93% of UK households say they believe that ‘everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment’.
The figures come from research carried out during lockdown and an omnibus survey completed in July.
An opportunity to thank everyone
Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK, commented “It’s fantastic to see that despite everything that has been thrown at them this year, more people than ever are taking responsibility for protecting the environment by choosing to recycle. This is something we can all do, wherever we live – an individual action that, when performed by everyone, adds up to a huge change."
“The nations recycling and waste workers have been real heroes too, providing the best service possible under the most difficult of circumstances. The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how the UK has cooperated."
“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone for continuing to recycle, whatever their circumstances and to celebrate the way we have all pulled together. There has been a positive leap forward in attitudes that we must capitalise on so we can do even better in the coming year!”
Challenges of COVID-19
Local authorities, businesses and other organisations are joining in with a range of activities to highlight the importance of recycling. Ecosurety will be publishing an industry insight Q&A throughout the week, giving an opportunity for those on the frontline of recycling, and those championing reuse, to share how the challenges of COVID-19 have been impacting their organisations.
Everyone – organisations and individuals - can support Recycle Week by using #RecycleWeek on social media.
For more information on Recycle Now, visit www.recyclenow.com.
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