As part of the wider initiative to get people thinking about recycling, each year there is a dedicated Recycling Week. 2020 has been a strange year for a number of reasons, but recycling has seen a huge surge according to Google Trends data, showing that while we’ve been at home more than ever, we’re all still thinking about our recycling. Covid-19 has been challenging, but as a nation, we continue to do our part for the environment.
With this in mind, what better time to take a look at Recycle Week 2020 in closer detail? This month, let Hinton’s Waste explain when the week is and how you can get involved.
When is Recycle Week this year?
This year, Recycle Week will run from 21st to the 27th of September (2020), so it’s just around the corner!
Because of the way in which our lives have been affected by the pandemic, there is a special theme for this year: ‘Thanking the nation’ under the overall banner of ‘Together – We Recycle’. This is to celebrate the fantastic efforts everyone has made to recycle their waste, as well as all the key workers who have kept going to ensure collections continued during a slow and testing period.
How can I get involved?
There are plenty of big brand names like Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Britvic, Danone and Unilever getting involved this year, but how can you get involved? Here are just a few ideas for taking part in small ways:
- Wearing reusable masks – We’ve all heard about people simply discarding temporary masks during the pandemic, so try and use a reusable one which you can keep with you and wash at home to protect the environment.
- Rinse your recyclables – A quick rinse of your cans and plastics goes a long way towards making sure they’re recyclable. Simply putting a yoghurt pot with remnants still in will render the process useless as it can’t then be reused. Make the extra effort and make your recycling count!
- Repurpose old items – Even if you only choose one thing that you were going to throw out and find a new purpose for it, you’ll be making a difference. Whether that is clothes cut into something new, furniture broken up and put back together to create something else or a plastic bottle being reused as a regular water bottle, changing what you use it for and saving it from the bin is a huge help.
- Go the extra mile – It’s easy to dump all your rubbish in an ordinary bin, but by making the effort to seek out things like textile recycling banks or taking WEEE waste to a dedicated site, you can show your dedication to working hard for the planet.
Recycle Week also comes with its own hashtag: #RecycleWeek, to help you spread the message on social media, or you can sign up to the Recycle Week 2020 E-newsletter.
If you’re taking part in Recycle Week and you’re looking to dispose of your waste via a responsible waste carrier, look no further than Hinton’s Waste. We’re committed to recycling as much of your waste as possible via our dedicated plant in Croydon – we can even take WEEE waste for recycling. Contact our team today to learn more about our services or book a recycling collection for your business.