This year Recycle Week takes place from 23rd to 29th September and the theme is: Recycling. It’s in our own hands. In 2018, thanks to publicity from the likes of David Attenborough and environmental activists, the UK officially woke up to sustainability and the requirements to recycle.

The plastic-free revolution started to gain greater momentum and, in 2019, people are more motivated than ever to care about the impact we have on our environment.

Taking Action this Recycle Week

In 2019, it’s time to act with regards to recycling, and Recycle Week provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. In its 17th year, the awareness week celebrates recycling under the Recycle Now brand (organised by WRAP) and, this year, is raising awareness about recycling contamination.

Recently released figures show that 60% more people in the UK are recycling their plastic drink, cleaning product and toiletry bottles, along with glass and metal cans. BUT, many other items – such as toothpaste tubes and toys – are being more often incorrectly disposed in recycle bins. Recycle Now are urging people to take recycling into their own hands and be more vigilant with what and how they dispose of items.

To see what you can and can’t recycle, download the free Recycle Right Guide.

From the kitchen to the bathroom and the office to the great outdoors, consumers are being urged to rinse, crush, squash sort and separate – making sure all recyclable items are primed and ready to be reused. By taking action you can make a big difference!

Plastic Not So Fantastic

Did you know:

  • 79% of all plastic produced is still in the environment
  • 2050 – the year where it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the sea
  • 60% of households are now recycling more than they were a year ago, due to environmental concerns


Another way in which you can make a difference during Recycle Week is by participating in the Refill campaign.

As part of the award-winning Refill campaign, the public are now being urged to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and switch to refillable ones to help fight the tide of plastic waste. Greggs in Pescod Square is one high street retailer that provides free drinking water for all, helping to take the total number of Refill stations to more than 20,000 in the UK.

It is estimated that the Refill campaign will have stopped over 100 million single-use bottles from becoming waste by the end of 2019.

Three out of four British people in a OnePoll survey said society should move towards single-use plastic being socially unacceptable, with the research also revealing that an overwhelming majority of the public (86%) are now worried about the impact of plastic pollution in the environment.

Roger Whiteside, Chief Executive at Greggs said: “We love that our customers care about the environment, and so do we. That’s why we’re committed to doing all we can to tackle the issue of plastic waste and its impact on the world around us. Following a successful trial, we are proud to be introducing a number of initiatives to help reduce single use plastic at Greggs. We’re also proud supporters of the Refill campaign, encouraging our customers to change their habits and top up their water bottles with us for free. We recognise that the global plastic issue is a shared responsibility and as a responsible business with almost 2,000 shops, we believe that small changes like these could make a big difference in helping to tackle problem plastics.”

Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation behind the Refill campaign, said: “It’s been incredible to watch the Refill campaign flourish over the past few years. It is something that everyone can get onboard with and has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic we use when we’re out and about. People want to help prevent plastic pollution, and Refill puts the power to do that in their hands.”

For more details about Greggs at Pescod Square.


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