What is Recycle Week?
Recycle Week was started by an organisation called WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) in 2004. Their aim is to highlight the benefits of recycling, and encourage the public, local authorities and businesses to recycle more.
When is Recycle Week?
Recycle Week is an annual event, usually held in September.
Why should we recycle?
According to wrap.org.uk,
"It takes less energy and fewer emissions to recycle than to make things from scratch, which is why recycling saves a total of 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year in the UK".
By recycling, we are reducing the amount of greenhouse gases (such as CO2) that are created. Greenhouse gases contribute to global climate change, so recycling results in an important environmental benefit.
Recycle Week activities for schools:
- First, and most importantly, teach children about recycling - what it is, why it is important... and how to do it!
- Organise some clearly labelled recycle boxes/bins for the different types of recyclable waste in your classroom, and put them somewhere easily accessible for the children. You could task them to design labels for the boxes, or challenge them to design posters to remind everyone to use them.