Recycle Week 2020 | Together – We Recycle

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New stats show we care more about the environment than ever before.

The theme for Recycle Now’s 17th annual Recycle Week is to thank the people Greater Manchester 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, more people are prepared to change their lifestyles to help the environment: 73%, up from 68% in 2019. And an amazing 93 per cent 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.

5 ways to get involved in Recycle Week

  1. Join in the virtual Green Summit 2020 – a week of spotlight sessions and live events.
  2. Book a virtual session with our education team and find out how mixed recycling is sorted from 1 million homes in Greater Manchester
  3. Start home composting your food and garden waste
  4. Download our free learning resources for school and community and groups
  5. Sign up to our newsletter for tips and advice on how you can recycle right, recycle more and waste less.

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK, said:

“It’s fantastic to see that despite everything that has been thrown at them this year, more people than ever in Greater Manchester 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.

“Greater Manchester’s 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 Greater Manchester has cooperated.

“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone in Greater Manchester 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 Greater Manchester can do even better in the coming year!”

Everyone – organisations and individuals – can support Recycle Week by using #RecycleWeek on social media.

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