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The Recycle Week Recap

Last week saw the latest edition of Recycle Now’s annual ‘Recycle Week’ celebration with brands and individuals from around the UK take inspiration from environmental activists, such as David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, to take recycling back into their own hands.


At Friends of Glass we took the opportunity to showcase the brilliant ideas of some of the schools that took part in our Glass Guardians programme.

From Alfreton’s Blackwell Primary School and their Tough Tomatoes environmental group to St Helens Primary School in Devon installing recycling bins at their local beach, plenty of young pupils used the project to great effect and learnt about glass recycling in the process.

You can find all the case studies featured over the week in one handy place on the Friends of Glass website, but it wasn’t just us who engaged with Recycle Week.

Therefore, we’ve gathered all the best hints, tips, tweets and articles over the course of the week for you to take a look at, including our own recycling facts.

The Highlights

Langage Dairy Farm in Devon claims to be the UK’s first carbon neutral dairy farm and as part of that, they package their yoghurts in glass jars, which can be reused in a number of ways.

Landmarks around the country turned green in support of Recycle Week, including the London Eye and Nestle’s head office in York.

As we know, recycling your bottles and jars saves energy. But did you know how much energy that means in terms of charging your phone or powering your oven?

It may have been the day after Recycle Week, but the Girl Guides have launched a campaign to reduce the use of single use plastic with pledges, including using a reusable water bottle.

Our Glass Guardians schools weren’t the only ones who have taken recycling into their own hands. Take a look at Meadowbank Primary School in Wigan.

It wasn’t just big brands making a difference, as Trevor Nicoll shows with his milk delivery.

While these highlights show that Recycle Week is good at getting people talking and thinking about recycling, it’s important to not just implement these changes for a single week.

The biggest way we can have an impact is if we continue to take glass recycling into our own hands beyond recycling week and keep trying to make a difference however we can.