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Recycle Week

Published on 21 September 2020

Recycle Week

The theme for Recycle Now’s 17 annual Recycle Week is to thank the people of the UK for continuing to recycle despite all that has happened this year.

Statistics released by Recycle Now show that through lockdown the UK has become even more environmentally aware, with nearly 9 in 10 households saying they ‘regularly recycle’. 

Coming out of lockdown, more people are prepared to change their lifestyles to help the environment: 73 per cent, up from 68 per cent in 2019. And an amazing 93 per cent of UK households say they believe that ‘everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment’.

The figures come from research carried out during lockdown and an omnibus survey completed in July.

Peter Maddox, Director, WRAP UK, said:

“It’s fantastic to see that despite everything that has been thrown at them this year, more people than ever in Carlisle are taking responsibility for protecting the environment by choosing to recycle. This is something we can all do, wherever we live - an individual action that, when performed by everyone, adds up to a huge change.

“Carlisle’s recycling and waste workers have been real heroes too, providing the best service possible under the most difficult of circumstances. The recognition they received in the form of friendly waves, notes, cards and gifts left out for them is heart-warming proof of how Carlisle has cooperated.

“Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone in Carlisle for continuing to recycle, whatever their circumstances and to celebrate the way we have all pulled together. There has been a positive leap forward in attitudes that we must capitalise on so Carlisle can do even better in the coming year!”

There’s still time for children from across the Carlisle district to get creative and take part in a recycle for Carlisle competition.

Open to all Carlisle district children aged up to 11-years-old, the Get Creative competition is an opportunity to get painting and crafting, with the chance to win arts and crafts products.

Organised by Carlisle City Council as part of the build up to Recycle Week (21 - 27 September), local youngsters are being asked to take photos of their amazing creations - themed on recycling - and send them into the council to be entered into their competition.

There are three age categories: 3 - 4-year-olds; 5 - 7-year-olds and 8 to 11-year-olds. The winner of each category will receive an arts and craft pack worth £25 and the overall winner will receive an arts and crafts pack totalling £50.

Please send one entry per child, to [email protected] Please include the child’s first name, age and the area they live in within Carlisle e.g. Denton Holme, Brampton etc. Please note no personal details will be published without consent.

The deadline to take part is Friday 25 September.  After the winners have been announced, photos of the winning creations will be available to see on the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The photos of the children’s artwork will be judged by the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman and Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, Cllr Nigel Christian.

Cllr Nigel Christian, Portfolio holder for Environment and Transport said:

“During the Coronavirus pandemic we’ve been overwhelmed by the support of local residents. Our refuse and recycling crews received gifts and we were sent lots of lovely hand-crafted messages. Our Get Creative competition is our way of thanking local children and giving them an opportunity to take part - with prizes for different age categories and the overall winner. The arts and crafts could be painted posters, models of refuse and recycling vehicles made out of recycled materials or even draw or create your favourite refuse or recycling crew member or anything else themed on Recycle for Carlisle. Be as creative as you’d like - we can’t wait to see what will be produced!” 

Everyone - organisations and individuals - can support Recycle Week by using #RecycleWeek on social media.

For more information about recycling in your area, visit

For more information on Recycle Now, visit  

About Recycle Week

First staged in 2004, Recycle Week is now the UK’s largest national annual recycling campaign. It is the week where citizens, media, local governments, and brands come together to meet one goal: to galvanise everyone into recycling more of the right things, more often.

About Recycle Now

Recycle Now is one of WRAP’s family of consumer facing brands.

An established brand, Recycle Now encourages and motivates citizens to recycle more things, more often, from all around the home.  Using ground-breaking, robust insights and behaviour change theory, we develop interventions and campaigns to motivate citizens to change their behaviour.

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