Sustainability

Global Recyling Day 2023

For several years, the Global Recycling Foundation has brought together millions of individuals to raise awareness and promote recycling. This March 18th marks the fourth Global Recycling Day.

Words:
Keisha Sintim-Lewis
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Global Recycling Day

The earth produces billions of tons of natural resources, but eventually, these resources will run out. Global Recycling Day promotes the crucial role recycling plays in conserving the earth’s natural resources, reducing waste and protecting the environment.

Recycling is a vital pillar of the circular economy, saving over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions with a projection to save 1 billion tons by 2030. The role recycling plays in helping conserve the earth and humanity cannot go unmissed.

When is Global Recycling Day?

Global recycling day is celebrated annually on the 18th of March. For several years, the Global Recycling Foundation has brought together millions of individuals to raise awareness and promote recycling. 

For Global recycling Day 2023, the foundation is running the Recycling Heroes 2023 awards to recognise people, places, businesses, and activities that actively continued to support the recycling effort during the pandemic. In support of their competition, we want to highlight how you can recycle more and become recycling heroes at home and work.

How can businesses recycle better?

Make recycling more accessible for your employees.

According to a report from Envirowise, around 70% of office waste is recyclable. Despite this, only 7.5% of this waste reaches a recycling facility. Businesses can encourage employees to recycle more through several methods, such as: 

  • Signage around the office encouraging employees to recycle.
  • Effectively labelling bins to ensure employees are recycling correctly. 
  • Strategically positioning recycling bins in high waste areas, such as by the printer or in the kitchen, can encourage employees to recycle more.

Reducing single-use plastics.

Single-use plastics are more likely to end up in seas and less likely to be recycled. Businesses can reduce their use of single-use plastics by providing reusable alternatives such as reusable dishes, cutlery, and glassware to cut the amount of single-use plastic in the office.

Besides this, a business can get employees involved in the fight against single-use plastics products by informing and encouraging employees to avoid single-use plastics through an email campaign or workshop.

Partnering with sustainable suppliers.

Businesses can also recycle more by partnering with sustainable suppliers. Businesses can take this a step further by partnering with sustainable suppliers to implement a Zero waste-to-landfill policy. Businesses can work with sustainable recycling suppliers to ensure all waste is recycled or converted to renewable solutions such as biogas or biofuel to avoid landfill.

How can individuals recycle better?

Understand what can be recycled.

According to WRAP, 84% of households contaminate recycling bins with drinking glasses, toothpaste tubes and plastic film lids. Upskill your knowledge to understand what household items are recyclable, and familiarise yourself with recycling symbols on packaging.

Learn how to compost.

Composting can help reduce household food waste by using food scraps that would otherwise be thrown away in the planting process. Composting is the natural process of recycling items, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants.

Both individuals and businesses can work to help preserve the earth’s natural resources by proactively recycling. If you want to learn more about recycling and preventing waste, you can download our free waste output & reduction toolkit here.

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