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Pack it up, Pack it in is our 2019-20 national campaign. This campaign was selected by our membership in June 2019, after consulting with over 10,200 young people. It will run from September 2019 until October 2020.

Pack it up, Pack it in concentrates on reducing pollution levels which contribute to climate change. We will do this by focusing on reducing single-use packaging and waste, and improving recycling in Scotland.

The overarching aim of this campaign is:

‘To empower young people to speak out and take action to reduce pollution levels in Scotland.’

We will do this by:

  1. Identifying young people’s views on single-use packaging, waste, and recycling in Scotland.
  2. Making recommendations and calling for the changes young people want to see in relation to single-use packaging, waste and recycling in Scotland.
  3. Taking action to reduce the single-use packaging and waste, and to improve recycling in Scotland.

Find out young people’s views and recommendations in our Pack it up, Pack it in report:

Pack it up, Pack it in Consultation Report PDF
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Pack it up, Pack it in Consultation Report – easy read version DOCX
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In December 2019, we responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on proposals for developing a circular economy. This consultation focuses on reducing waste, encouraging reuse, and improving recycling. Read it here.

How can you get involved?

Interested in becoming an official campaign action day partner? Please contact Rosy at to find out more!

Follow us at @OfficialSYP and use #SYPReducePollution to find out what MSYPs are up to.

Pack it up, Pack it in Action Day: Friday 22nd May 2020

International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity is a UN-designated day. The theme this year is ‘our solutions are in nature’, and focuses on taking action for biodiversity. To celebrate, SYP will be hosting an online Q&A with partner organisations to help MSYPs and other young people find out more about the impact small local actions can have on local, national, and international biodiversity.

How can I get involved?

Experts from six organisations have kindly agreed to answer your questions on a specific Pack it up, Pack it in theme throughout the day. Each expert has a half-hour slot, as shown in the programme below. During each half hour session, tweet your questions to the relevant Twitter handle, using #SYPReducePollution. The expert will respond to as many questions as they can by retweeting the question and writing their answer as a comment.

Programme – Friday 22nd May 2020

TimeOrganisationTwitter handleTheme
9.30am – 10am2050 Climate Group (Naomi Arnold, volunteer)@2050ClimateGrpPollution and climate change
10.30am – 11amMarine Conservation Society (Catherine Gemmell, Scotland Conservation Officer)@cathgem2000Litter and waste
11.30am – 12pmKeep Scotland Beautiful @KSBScotlandSingle-Use Packaging
12.30pm – 1pmYouthLink Scotland’s On Our Wavelength project and #IWill Ambassadors@OnOurWavelengthYoung people taking action
1.30pm – 2pmZero Waste Scotland (Iain Gulland, Chief Executive)@IainGullandCircular economy
2.30pm – 3pmFriends of the Earth Scotland (Sarah Moyes, Plastic & Circular Economy Campaigner)@FoEScotPolicy and advocacy

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