In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.
It hopes to educate the public on the importance of recycling, as well as to promote kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives.
This year more than ever we need to continue to recycle, but more important is to also focus on reduce and reuse. Not to focus on recycling plastics, but to not buy them in the first place. To ensure we reduce the amount of clothes we need to buy and buy quality items that last, or can be reused.
There are fabulous initiatives to also fix things. We are so trapped by items being cheap that we throw them away instead of buying either quality that will last, or fixing items. Also, whatever we buy – cars, fridges, and big items. Buy ones where all the inputs are recyclable when we have finished with them.
Now in its 20th year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:
- Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
- Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.
For more info about this event, please follow this link.