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National Recycling Week

National Recycling Week is held in the second week of November every year. Households, schools, workplaces, and councils all get involved each year to learn, be inspired and celebrate recycling

Cans become cars when you recycle

'R' is for Recycling

Great things happen when you recycle just the 5! Your recyclables can be turned into something new and used again:

  • Plastic bottles become bathers, beanies and benches.
  • Cans become cars.
  • Glass bottles and jars become road base.
  • Paper and cardboard become toilet paper!

Recycling Character Let's do this

By recycling only these 5, a clean waste stream is created that can be sorted, sold and turned into valuable products.

  • Paper
  • Cans
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass jars and bottles

GREAT Sorts always put their recyclables in the recycling bin loose, rinsed, and with the lids off.

Download a FREE resource pack

Loads of local governments and community groups are downloading these GREAT resources to promote National Recycling Week:

GREAT recyclers

GREAT sorts keep it simple by recycling just the 5. They recycle nothing else, all these 5 and only these 5.


The best recyclers know that GREAT recycling goes beyond the bin. They also Take things such as soft plastics, batteries, electronic waste and chemicals to special drop-off facilities. It feels good to recycle more.  

Get involved

Join other GREAT recyclers at these exciting community events celebrating National Recycling Week – most of these are free. Are you hosting an event? Make sure you let us know!

Tell your friends and family about what you're doing. It's more fun to go to these events together, or to challenge yourselves to make a change in your home, workplace or school. 

More people are getting involved each year and help reap the environmental benefits of recycling. Together, we can do better than the bin and make landfill the last resort!