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Print industry welcomes Recycle Week

Organisations and businesses across the UK are being encouraged this week to declare ‘we do’ in response to national Recycle Week.

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Recycling across the UK is currently a devolved strategy and varies from region to region

Now in its 15th year, Recycle Week is run by resources charity WRAP with the aim of encouraging the public to recycle more by demonstrating the benefits. The theme this year is ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters,’ with a strong emphasis on plastics.

People are being encouraged to post their recycling efforts on social media, with one competition inviting people to ‘spot the swoosh’ – the recycling symbol of Recycle Now, the brand under which Recycle Week is organised. Members of WRAP have been touring the country in the lead up to the event, with a giant ‘WE DO’ sign to pose with for pictures at UK landmarks.

It’s always inspiring to see so many people and businesses discussing their passion for recycling and environmental conscientiousness. Recycle Week is also an excellent opportunity for raising awareness of the print industry’s great recycling story

There is also a focus this year on information for the public who may not understand what can and cannot be recycled. According to Recycle Now, 76 percent of households in the UK are adding items to recycling which are not accepted in their local area.

The print industry is playing its part in pledging to recycle materials wherever possible and source sustainable materials. In Europe, 50 percent of all paper collection comes from trade and industry.

Greg Selfe, country manager at Two Sides UK says: “It’s always inspiring to see so many people and businesses discussing their passion for recycling and environmental conscientiousness. Recycle Week is also an excellent opportunity for raising awareness of the print industry’s great recycling story.

“The European print and paper industry should be proud to boast that is the most recycled material in Europe, with a recycling rate of over 72% (and ambitions to increase this even higher). With the packaging debate now more popular than ever, many consumers are also beginning to appreciate paper packaging’s unique sustainable and renewable qualities.”

The event runs from September 24th until September 30th.

If you have a view on this story email me at summer@linkpublishing.co.uk or reach out on Twitter to have your say.


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