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Mar—18

Global Recycling Day 2020

At times like these, it’s most important to take care of your health and your loved ones, but we can’t forget about climate change. Global Recycling Day is a day to remember our sustainable habits and commit to global action to maintain a healthy future.

Approximately 380 million tons of plastics are created every year, with roughly 75% discarded after one single use. Eight million pieces make their way into the ocean every day – and this figure will increase if we don’t continue to act.

Right now, we have a unique opportunity – with limited air travel, industry, farming, and other polluting factors halted – to really make a visible difference and make progress. Here we explore how we can celebrate Global Recycling Day today.

What is Global Recycling Day?

Global Recycling Day takes place on 18th March each year to raise awareness about the global issue of recycling. Started in October 2018, Global Recycling Day was founded by the Global Recycling Foundation and each year comes with a theme. This year, the theme is #RecyclingHeroes, recognising the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future which will benefit all.

Recycling needs flexibility

Presently, politics, events, and restrictions are changing day-by-day. In the midst of this, it’s hard to say how recycling and waste collection may be affected. Still, by using a modular recycling bin system, you can start small – say, with Method Twenty 20L bins – to form your recycling habit, before increasing your station size when things go back to normal. Recycling needs flexibility, because the need for recycling never ceases.

Reduce plastic use

Ordering everything online? Going for food deliveries? Go for sustainable options that don’t come laden with plastic packaging. This is often difficult, though, especially when buying from unknown retailers or delivery services. When we can’t procure plastic-free items, we need to think seriously into what we will do with the resources we’re left with. Recycling at source is the best way to guarantee excess waste – stock-piling food, or ordering hundreds of items online – doesn’t end up in landfill, escalating more global challenges.

Who’s your Recycling Hero?

Let’s take this moment to reflect on who our recycling heroes are. Who has gone above and beyond to dedicate themselves to recycling, the circular economy, and waste diversion, as we look towards our future? Who will continue this incredible work, that is so necessary as we engage in climate action and effectively redesign our cities to be more sustainable?

Let’s celebrate Global Recycling Day by celebrating our recycling heroes, and working with them towards a better world. Let’s not let today make us forget our tomorrow. Who’s with us?

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