Be a Recycling Hero for Global Recycling Day
Media Volunteer Barbara writes how you can be a recycling hero for Global Recycling Day in her latest blog.
Thursday 18th March marks Global Recycling Day, an annual celebration across the world, to highlight the importance of recycling to preserve the planet’s resources.
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018, by the Global Recycling Foundation, and brings people all over the world together to think about how they can reduce waste by recycling more.
Recycling plays an important part in conserving resources and combating climate change, by saving over 700 million tonnes in C02 emissions every year.
But we’re still not doing enough to save the planet’s resources. Billions of tonnes of landfill waste are still being generated every year.
Take plastic, for example. Eight billion metric tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s, generating 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste. Only 9% has been recycled. Eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year, polluting the ocean and destroying marine life. (Source: https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/)
The theme of this year’s Global Recycling Day is ‘Recycling Heroes’. People were asked to nominate their inspirational heroes who have championed recycling across the world. From world leaders, activists and public figures, to local heroes or businesses. You can find out more at #RecyclingHeroes2021.
You can get involved by helping to promote Global Recycling day on social media. Find out more at https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/resources/
Or why not become your own recycling hero? Here’s ten top tips to get you started:
- Think about packaging when you’re at the shops. Buy packaging which can be recycled. Check the label to see if the packaging is recyclable.
- Buy less plastic. Recycle the plastic you do buy.
- Take your own shopping bags instead of buying plastic ones.
- Think about what you can recycle; plastic, paper, aluminium, glass. Check with your Local Authority to see what can be recycled.
- Make sure you put the right things in the recycling bins every week, and that you have rinsed them out.
- Find out what other things you can recycle, including electronics, clothing, textiles and where you can recycle them locally.
- Repair and re-use old things.
- Donate things like clothes, books, DVDs, CDs, records.
- Buy second-hand or preloved items.
- Learn about recycling online. There are loads of recycling websites that can show you what to and how to recycle.