Blog > Getting ready for Recycling Week
Recycle Week is a celebration of everything about recycling. Now in its 11th year it is organised by WRAP under the 'Recycle Now' brand and delivered to the public by a range of partners across the country. It encourages people to recycle more things more often by thanking them for their efforts and showing what more can be done such as explaining the importance of recycling good quality materials and reducing contamination.
The theme for this year ?Recycling at Home and Away?. It is a great opportunity to encourage people to recycle more things more often and show how it is now easier to recycle away from the home environment.
Some facts and figures...
- Commercial and Industrial waste accounts for 23% of total waste produced in the UK so there is huge potential benefit for both the economy and the environment of increasing recycling in this area.
- In the UK we send 700,000 tonnes of clothing to be reused or recycled every year ?
- enough to fill 459 Olympic sized swimming pools every year.
- Did you know that 9,201,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by the hospitality sector each year and 3/4 of this food could have been eaten.
- All steel cans are 100% recyclable. They can be recycled over and over again, into anything from cars to motorcycles to more steel cans.
- More than 60% of householders in the UK say they have unwanted clothes and textiles stored in their homes.
- In a whole year, an individual drinks can could be recycled eight times, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans.
- Recycling seven steel cans saves enough energy to power a 60-watt
- light bulb for 26 hours.
How Business & Schools can get involved
- Cascade information about recycling services at team meetings, through the intranet, internal newsletters and e-zines, as well as verbally and by using posters.
- Introduce the removal of individual ?under desk? bins and install single waste and recycling points. This increases the amount of material recycled by removing the temptation for people to ?easily? throw away. It is important that this is clearly communicated in advance. You are likely to see initial resistance, but people soon get used to the new system.
- Use posters to help get the message out, including some that can be stuck on or near the recycling bins to indicate what can and cannot be recycled.
- Encourage senior management to get involved. Their buy-in is important and it is beneficial for messages to come from them.
- Tell staff why you are recycling and stress why it is important to put items in the right bins.
- Tell staff how it will save money and what the environmental benefits will be.
- Speak to cleaning staff to ensure that they recycle correctly.
- Send round daily tips and facts to all staff.
- Provide a new screen saver relating to Recycle Week.
In preparation for Recycling Week, please email us links to your YouTube clips showing what you're doing at your school or business to encourage recycling. We'll then add them to our YouTube TV Channel.
by M Roper | 20 May 2014