Recycle Week: This is the year Suffolk Says 'We Do!'

Recycle Week: This is the year Suffolk Says 'We Do!'

Suffolk can shout loud and proud that ‘We Do’ recycle! In the biggest and best Recycle Week ever, Recycle Now is tasking residents to go above and beyond to protect the environment.

From Blue Planet II, to major developments towards reducing unnecessary plastic, this year people have been motivated to care about the environment in a way they never have before. For its 15th annual Recycle Week (24-30 September), Recycle Now is capitalising on this energy right here in Suffolk tasking residents – and people all over the UK – to build on this momentum by focussing on getting our recycling right during Recycle Week.

Why? Because SUFFOLK DOES recycle. Because it matters.

Getting recycling right

With billboard advertising across the nation, a national tour, and a huge scale digital campaign, this year’s Recycle Week is the biggest and boldest yet; celebrating the fact that most people do recycle but it’s important to get it right.

New research from Recycle Now shows while people in the UK say doing their bit for the environment is one of the primary motivations for recycling; over three quarters of UK households (76%) add one or more items to their recycling collection that is not accepted locally, which can be problematic in the recycling process. Meanwhile more than half (54%) put at least one item in the general rubbish that could be recycled.

But fear not – Recycle Now is here to help! Sufolk is a county of recyclers – but there are some simple things that we can all do to make our recycling even better.

Top tips for recycling in Suffolk:

Recycle more of these items:

Plastic – recycle empty plastic bottles and containers from all around the home including bathrooms and bedrooms.

Paper and cardboard- keep paper recycling as big as possible and remove all tapes and polystyrene from cardboard packaging. Cardboard should not be contaminated with food.

Metal – You can recycle all food tins, drink cans , metal pots pans and trays and aerosols too. Clean foil should be rolled into a large ball for recycling

You can find a full list of what you can recycle here

Make sure these NEVER go in the recycling bin:

Glass, nappies, food, electrical items, textiles, plastic bags and film, crisp packets and polystyrene.

You can find where to recycle most of these on our A-Z of Recycling or Recycle Now’s Recycling Locator can show you exactly what needs to go in the recycling bin where you live.

Recycle. Suffolk does. Because it matters.

What and how we recycle really matters. Recycling an item rather than throwing it in the general rubbish bin means that it will be dealt with in the most environmentally-friendly way, keeping materials in use and out of the environment.

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit

September 20th, 2018