Recycle Week 2021

This year Recycle Week is 20th-26th September

The theme this year is “Step it up”. We are looking to step up recycling and other efforts to reduce climate change. With the UN Climate Change Conference meeting in Glasgow for COP26 in November, this year’s Recycle Week is a launching point for us to kick start efforts to address the climate crisis.

The climate crisis is something we can all actively make a difference by changing small but powerful habits, like recycling. This Recycle Week we will be looking at how recycling is helping to tackle climate change, and how just one extra step from each of us can truly make a difference.

Through recycling, we save 18 million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, the equivalent of:


Using recycled materials means it takes less energy to make products, which means we reduce our emissions even further.


What is Recycle Week?

Recycle Week is the largest annual recycling campaign in the UK. Retailers, brands, waste management companies, the media, trade associations, local and national government come together to work towards a common goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things, more often.

What is COP26?

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. These are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The 2021 conference in Glasgow, will be the 26th meeting of the Parties, which is why it’s called COP26.

United Nations climate change conferences are some of the largest international meetings in the world. Negotiations between governments are complex and involve officials from every country in the world.

How can I get involved?

This Recycle Week, you can get involved by letting us know what you do to recycle your waste on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will be sharing some facts about the impact recycling has on climate change and what actions we can take locally to make a difference.

There will be opportunities for the public to get involved at COP26, so keep your eyes peeled for opportunities and events that will be run across Greater Manchester in the coming weeks.


We have some outdoor adverts as part of Recycle Week this year. These will be on the trams and free shuttle buses. For any enquiries about the energy saving statistics on these adverts, please contact

Recycle for Greater Manchester