Recycle for Scotland

What is Recycle Week?

17 SEP 21 | 2 minute read

Recycle Week is a national celebration of recycling, taking place every September.

It’s the one week of the year where we ask businesses, schools, local authorities, public sector, waste management companies and householders to come together and recycle more of the right things, more often.

Recycle Week 2021

This Recycle Week, Zero Waste Scotland launches the new Recycling Sorter! The digital recycling tool allows you to search any Scottish local authority to find out what items can be recycled, and in which colour of bin.

Find out more about what you can recycle in your area, including lots of commonly forgotten items at the new Recycling Sorter.

Discover more about Recycle Week 2021.

Previous Recycle Week campaigns...

Thank you for recycling: showing our appreciation for all those who recycle and encouraging a week of positive action within our communities.

Waste Warriors: reinforcing the important role that everyone has in fighting the on-going waste battle by motivating action.

Take action on plastics: encouraging people to recycle more plastic bottles and food packaging to help keep this waste stream out of the sea and ground.

Recycle week previous campaigns

Food waste recycling: raising awareness of the importance of food waste recycling as Scotland works towards a target of reducing food waste by a third by 2025, to help combat the climate emergency. 

The food waste in general household waste bins is taken to landfill, where it produces destructive greenhouse gases like methane, which is much more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide and is helping to drive climate change.