During what can only be called the most challenging of years with every single one of us having to go beyond the call of duty to contain the coronavirus, the public deserves some recognition. This year, Recycle Week 2020 will celebrate the British public’s commitment to recycling during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
COVID-19 has brought a new-found respect for the planet. Despite the challenging circumstances, statistics gathered by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have found people are recycling more than ever, with some councils recording a 34% increase in household recycling. Despite everything that’s happened, there’s still one small but powerful act every one of us can perform, every day, no matter who we are, where we’re from or what we do, to enact positive change on the world around us.
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%, up from 68% in 2019. And an amazing 93% of UK households say they believe that ‘everyone has a responsibility to help towards cleaning up the environment’.
Nick Williams, Shredall SDS Group Director comments, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the operations team who throughout all that has been thrown at them have continued to collect confidential waste, data and document storage and digitizing for hospitals, councils, solicitors and other key worker businesses. I’ve worked closely with many of the team over the last few months and can’t thank them enough for taking responsibility as a key worker.
Nik continues “Our commitment to commercial recycling is a crucial part of making sure that we do our bit for the environment. All of the paper that we shred is baled on our site and goes on to be recycled into other paper, tissue and related products.”
This week, historical sites such as the London Eye, The Blackpool Tower and Gateshead Millennium Bridge will turn green to celebrate Recycle Week.
Recycle Week this year is an opportunity to thank everyone in the UK 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 Shredall SDS Group can do even better in the coming year!
Shredall SDS Group recycle 100% of paper waste, including cardboard. We are committed to making sure that none of the waste we recycle goes to landfill.