Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.
Recycling (whether industrial or at home) saves more CO2 emissions each year than those generated by the entire aviation industry, while simultaneously protecting the earth’s valuable natural resources.
There are six major natural resources on the planet: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals. Recyclables have joined them, as the world’s Seventh Resource.
Without recycling, all our used and discarded fridges, plastic bottles, packing boxes, cars, cell phones and paper cups will contribute to the growing waste mountains, which are either incinerated or sent to landfill – never to be used again. Without recycling, we have no option but to continue stripping the earth of her finite virgin resources.
Ahead of Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2019, the Global Recycling Foundation is asking children across the world to think about better recycling practices. To help, a list of “seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen” has been created, which families, school and youth orientated clubs are being invited to download and share. These include hot topics in the recycling industry, from single use plastics to climate change and the circular economy.
The seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen are:
- Use less things made of plastic
Think about how you can use less things made of plastic, and recycle those that cannot be reused. Things like drinking bottles, straws and plastic bags.
- Help friends follow the recycling rules
Encourage your family, friends and school to follow local recycling instructions.
- Repair and reuse old things
Think about whether you really need everything to be new. See if you can mend, repair and reuse the things you own (e.g. clothes, toys, games).
- Only put clean, dry items in your recycling box
Do everything you can to make sure the stuff you recycle is dry, clean and in the right collection bins each week.
- Look online and share with friends
Look at ways you can learn more about recycling, as well as how you can help family and friends be more aware.
- Don’t forget other materials
Look into how you can recycle things like electronics when you no longer want them.
- Remember to recycle packaging
Try to ensure that you recycle packaging when you open and use new things.