HypnoCat's electrical recycling encore on broadcast TV

The brain melding mascot of the Recycle Your Electricals campaign, makes a captivating return to UK television to improve capture of e-waste

HypnoCat, the recognisable and engaging mascot of the Recycle Your Electricals campaign, is poised to reappear on television screens across the UK. Building on the foundation of last year's successful nationwide TV advertising campaign, this latest initiative aims to further motivate the public to recycle their old electricals and combat the growing challenge of e-waste, the fastest-growing waste stream globally.

Following HypnoCat's debut in 2023, the campaign has seen substantial success, as detailed by the campaign's tracking research, which found that over 1.1 million more people visited the Recycle Your Electricals website to locate their nearest electrical recycling points. Moreover, an additional 1 million individuals reported they consistently recycled their electrical items after learning about the campaign. Such insights underline the effectiveness of HypnoCat's message in increasing public engagement and action towards electrical recycling.

Scott Butler, Executive Director of Material Focus, commented: "As we welcome back HypnoCat to our screens he will be reminding the nation of the simple actions that need to be taken to recycle your electricals. Whether you love him or loathe him, HypnoCat is making a difference. His catchy tune stays in your head long after you've heard it, effectively delivering the message we want to communicate."

Don Larotonda, Head of Planning at Truant London, the creative agency behind the campaign, added: "We are very excited to see the return of our fluffy pied piper of recycling. The impact of the campaign so far has been amazing and we can't wait to see the effects of its hypnotic powers on the nation this time round, all the while building on the awareness and actions of our previous campaigns."

The campaign not only increased website visits, but also made a notable impact on social media, with its catchy song achieving 1.3 million views on TikTok. Additionally, the UK experienced a 6 per cent year-on-year increase in the recycling of small electricals, equating to seven million kilos more in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Set to launch on March 11th across various channels, the campaign, backed by its entrancing music and visuals, aims to deepen the message's impact, highlighting the critical issue of e-waste and promoting electrical recycling. HypnoCat also continues its role as a regional ambassador for over 60 local projects across the UK, funded by Material Focus, demonstrating the comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to enhancing electrical recycling efforts nationwide.

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