Recycle Week marks increase in environmental awareness

Buckinghamshire Council’s Gateway offices go green for Recycle Week

Through all that has happened this year, statistics released for Recycle Week this week show that the UK has become even more environmentally aware, with nearly 9 in 10 households now saying they regularly recycle. Going forward, 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’.

In Buckinghamshire, the lockdown period (April-June) showed an incredible 30 per cent increase in household recycling compared with the same period the year before – though the fact that everyone was confined to the home meant that general household rubbish also went up by 20 per cent during the same period.

This year’s Recycle Week, the annual awareness campaign led by national waste and recycling campaign charity WRAP, is marking this positive change in attitudes that has come out of the adversity of the year’s events. To mark the week, buildings across the country are going green – literally. Buckinghamshire Council’s Gateway offices in Aylesbury are joining in too. Thanks to highly efficient LED lighting, The Gateway can be illuminated for a whole evening using the amount of power generated by processing just three caddies of recycled food waste.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change said: “The events of this year have made many of us think hard about the environment. We’ve seen that everything doesn’t just have to continue as normal – change is possible, and we’ve got to build on that.

“In Buckinghamshire, we’ve always been high achievers when it comes to domestic recycling. As well as a time to recognise this success, Recycle Week is also an excellent time to take stock and think about what else we can do to recycle more and decrease our impact on the environment.”