Recycle Week 2017 | The Challenge

Monday, 25 September 2017
Today marks the start of Recycle Week 2017 the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the vital importance of recycling. During the campaign, which runs from Monday 26th September until Sunday 1 October, Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to join in and become 'waste warriors'.

I've agreed to take the challenge, which is to double the amount I recycle in a week. As someone who doesn't recycle enough, I'm looking forward to the challenge of changing my bad habits, learning a bit more about why it's so important and of course, seeing the benefits (hopefully, a wheelie bin that doesn't overflow!). 

In recent years, recycling has become the norm in a lot of homes across the UK. In my area, we have fortnightly collections for our normal bins but our recycling bins are collected every week. With only one large black bin to last us the fortnight, we really need to recycle to make sure it doesn't fill up too quickly. We're family of three (with a baby in nappies) and it can be difficult to manage without using the recycling bins for all our recyclable waste.

I have to say though, there are times when I only begin recycling once I've noticed our large bin getting full. The main reason, admittedly, is that it's far easier to throw it all in the one bin and take it outside at the end of the day than it is to split our rubbish into the four separate bins. I'm often home alone with my little one, and will go for the simplest option that takes the least amount of time!

recycling challenge

As a blogger and an online shopper, we have a lot of paper waste (we all know those online companies that send the smallest items in the biggest boxes), so I'm expecting to see a big difference when I make the effort to recycle all my paper waste. We also go through a lot of plastic bottles and empties and recycling them will save tons of space in our big wheelie bin.

If you'd like to read a bit more about Recycle Week, head over to Zero Waste Scotland website to find out how you can sign up, or follow the Recycle for Scotland facebook page for fun updates and activities throughout the week.

I'll be posting an update at the end of the week to let you know how things have went. Wish me luck! 

How do you all feel about recycling? 
Do you think you do it enough? 

*collaborative post

7 comments on "Recycle Week 2017 | The Challenge"
  1. We recycle everything, I'm quite religious about it and make sure everything is in different bins and carefully sorted! It's easy when you get into the habit!

  2. We recycle what and where we can, it's pretty easy once you've got into the habit of it really! x

  3. I'm terrible for recycling at the min but they haven't given me any recycling bins so not much I can do haha! Though our black bin collection has changed to 3 weekly now and also having a toddler in nappies just makes it fill very quickly. I'd love to see how you get on and find it. I definitely need to be more pro active with it haha xx

  4. We're quite big on recycling, I think it's so important for everyone to do xo

  5. I'm so much better at recycling than I used to be but could definitely still do more xx

  6. You're a good egg! I go through stages of being a good recycler. It's definitely something I want to be more mindful of, gotta look after the planet for our babies!

    Georgina x

  7. I sat reading this the entire time nodding along while knowing fine well that I'm the worlds worst when it comes to recycling. Your lucky if our blue bin has a handful of bits in it when it gets collected every few weeks, which is really really bad considering how much we use that can be recycled. At least Scotland seem to be pro-active with it, I'll just have to get on board!

    Kirsty |


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