UKCPN Membership Update & Recycle Week 2021

Posted on Posted on 23 Sep 2021

UKCPN surpasses a huge milestone in terms of membership, and find out all about this week's Recycle Week.

Recycle Week

This week (20th – 26th September 2021) marks WRAP’s annual Recycle Week. The resources charity says it will aim to bring the nation together during the week to unite against climate change, with the theme of: ‘Step It Up this Recycle Week’.


Sarah Clayton, head of citizen behaviour change at WRAP, said: “We know that climate change is an issue people are passionate about. Often we can feel powerless to act, but recycling is one activity that we can all do to help the planet. As a nation our commitment to recycling has continued to grow, even during the challenges of the last year. We want Recycle Week 2021 to inspire more people to Step It Up and fight climate change”.


WRAP reported that last year’s Recycle Week “shifted people’s views”, with 73% saying they are prepared to make lifestyle compromises to benefit the environment and 93% agreeing that everyone has a responsibility to help clean up the environment.


WRAP is asking members of the public to check recycling information more closely, stressing that this can make a ‘huge difference to our planet’. The organisation gives several examples of poorly recycled products, including foil, aerosol cans, plastic toiletries, plastic trays, and cleaning and bleach bottles. Recycle Week aims to unite retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, national and local governments, and media to focus on how recycling can play a part in limiting the depletion of natural resources.


Find out more about Recycle Week here


As part of Recycle week, we have launched our new “UKCPN in Conversation with…” series, where UKCPN Programme Lead, Dr. Sally Beken, sat down with Dr. Paul Davidson, Challenge Director for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge to discuss the challenge, plastics sustainability and the challenges facing the sector. You can view that here, while we have also released a blog from Paul covering how to make plastic packaging more sustainable.


UKCPN hits 3,000 members


We are delighted to announce that the UK Circular Plastics Network has over 3,000 members. Firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you on helping us reach this milestone – this is a great sign of the interest in plastics sustainability and our combined desire to help alleviate the issue of plastic waste damaging the environment!

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