Today marks the start of the 5th annual ‘Recycle Week’, a nationwide initiative looking to promote waste reduction and recycling across the UK. More than 330 events will take place over the course of the week from 22nd-28th June, with the theme of ‘Let’s Waste Less’.
As part of the campaign, Recycle Now is challenging people to pledge to kick start new environmentally friendly habits and recycle more of the waste we produce including textiles, glass and electrical goods, to making greener consumer choices such as choosing to buy peat free compost, to using leftover food for tomorrow’s lunch. The site also includes details of the many events taking place, including roadshows providing advice on recycling and composting.
There are also a number of locations where ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ Campaign events that are taking place in conjunction with the Let’s Waste Less initiatives across the UK, in order to help people reduce the amount of food waste they generate.
Laura Underwood from Recycle Now said,
“Recycle Week is a great opportunity to remind us just how easy it is to waste less and reuse more of the things we buy. Not only does it help the environment, but it can also benefit our pockets.”
People living near to or flying over the chalk hills of East Sussex will see a huge art sculpture, Precious Metal, based on an old advertisement for Coca-Cola which took artists a week to construct and has used thousands of aluminium cans. The piece of art was unveiled today as part of the campaign to promote recycling of empty drinks cans and bottles. Citizenship manager at Coca-Cola Great Britain, Liz Lowe said,
“Old cans aren’t just waste, they’re precious metal. They can live forever through recycling, to be used time and time again to make a whole number of new things, saving huge amounts of energy and raw materials.”