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Recycling message is music to our ears

Glasgow locals may have noticed The SSE Hydro looking a little different last night (25 September 2017). 

26 Sep 17

Scotland’s largest music venue lit its exterior* green to mark the first day of Recycle Week.

Recycle Week, which runs from 25 September to 1 October, is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of recycling. Zero Waste Scotland is encouraging people and households from across the country to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.

Encouraging progress has been made on recycling in Scotland in recent years, with people recycling more at home, at work and out and about. Despite this, more than half of items ending up in household waste bins could have been recycled (1). Earlier this month, the Scottish Government announced it plans to introduce a deposit and return scheme to increase recycling of drinks packaging (2).  Zero Waste Scotland is now encouraging individuals, families, businesses and local authorities to use Recycle Week to champion the benefits of recycling with employees and communities by promoting ways in which every person can do their bit.

Peter Duthie, CEO, Scottish Event Campus, said:

“The Scottish Event Campus is aware of the potential impact events staged at the venue can have on the environment.  To ensure we operate in an environmentally sustainable way, we adopt many environmentally friendly working practices.  We are delighted to support this worthwhile initiative by lighting The SSE Hydro green for Recycle Week”.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“While recycling in Scotland has vastly improved over the past few years, there is still more that can be done. We need everyone to put their best into improving the recycling effort.

“Events like Recycle Week play an important part in raising awareness of the ongoing need to recycle more and also ensure we are recycling correctly. Thanks to The SSE Hydro for helping shine a light on this issue.”

To sign up to Recycle Week and play your part please visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/recycleweek2017.  

*The SSE Hydro’s hero colours are green and blue, SSE’s brand colours, but the venue has the capability to light up in a variety of shades.

Notes For Editors

  • (1) Based on a Zero Waste Scotland analysis to be published in 2017-18
  • (2) On Tuesday 5th September 2017, the First Minister announced, as part of the Programme for Government 2017/18, that a new Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland will be introduced. Zero Waste Scotland has been asked to lead on the design of the most effective system for Scotland. http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/news-article/deposit-return-scheme-scotland
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn 
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