Recycling Week Gets Under Way

20 Jun 2013
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This year’s Recycling Week has got under way 10 years after it first began. Launching on June 17th, this year’s event will focus on making people even more aware of the benefits of recycling, and not just at home but everywhere.

Let’s Recycle recently reported on the start of the event, highlighting the fact that the recycling minister, Lord de Mauley, is supporting the initiative. Lord de Mauley said that the UK had taken “great strides in household recycling” over the last decade, but said that Recycling Week is still necessary because progress remains to be made and the event helps to increase awareness of recycling across the UK.

Recycling Week is organised by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). WRAP launched the first Recycling Week back in 2003, when it was known as ‘The Big Recycle’. Since the launch of the first annual event, WRAP says that the UK has collected £2.4 billion in materials.

Liz Goodwin, the chief executive of WRAP, highlighted how important recycling is not only for the environment but also for the economy. She said that the recycling sector employs over 40,000 people and contributes £3 billion to the economy each year.

WRAP is providing resources and information for businesses and councils, and it is encouraging local events all over the UK to help increase awareness of recycling. Look out for local events where you are as there are different things happening all over the place, and you may be able to find out more about recycling in your own area.


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