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Organisations urged to join Scotland’s Recycle Week ‘waste warriors’

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on local authorities, organisations and businesses from across the country to sign up to join its Recycle Week army of ambassadors in a bid to get Scotland recycling more.

31 Aug 17

Recycle Week, which takes place from 25 September to 1 October, is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of how important it is to recycle. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.

Good progress has been made on recycling in Scotland in recent years, with people recycling more at home, at work and when out and about. Despite this fantastic achievement, around 60% of the household waste currently ending up in landfill could have been recycled(1).  Zero Waste Scotland is now encouraging businesses and local authorities to use Recycle Week to highlight the benefits of recycling with their employees and members of their communities by promoting ways in which every person can do their bit.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham, said:

“By recycling more we can all help protect our environment and relieve pressure on scarce raw materials. Scotland has an ambitious target to reduce waste, with no more than 5% of all waste to go to landfill by January 2021 and 70% of waste recycled or prepared for reuse by 2025.

“Events such as Recycle Week highlight how easy it can be for individuals and businesses to play their part and keep products and materials in valuable use for longer. Greener living has benefits for us all.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Recycle Week is the perfect opportunity for us to get as many people as possible from across the country recycling more – whether or not you think you’ve ‘cracked’ recycling, we can all do more.

“Recycling in Scotland has vastly improved over the past few years but we can still do more. It has tremendous benefits for our economy, for job creation, and for the environment. Scotland has the potential to lead the field when it comes to recycling, and every one of us can play our part to make that happen.”

To sign up to Recycle Week and play your part please visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/recycleweek2017


Notes For Editors

  • (1) Based on a Zero Waste Scotland analysis to be published in 2017-18
  • Climate Week 2017, taking place from 18-22 September, is Scottish Government campaign to raise awareness of, and inspire action on, climate change. This is another initiative Scottish business and organisations can get involved with. More information can be found at http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/sustainable-scotland-network/climate-week-2017/
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

For Recycle Week media enquiries contact:

Karen Halley /  Ailsa Pender, 3x1 Group

0131 225 7700
07841 128 150

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