Global Recycling Day: 18th of March 2021

To be held on the 18th of March 2021, Global Recycling Day this year will focus on promoting recycling as an essential industry.

In the spirit of global recycling day, and in advancing our commitment to environmental sustainability, we have prepared some tips for bringing recycling into your daily life. Recycling the right way is important if we are to preserve our planet most effectively. 

Give up plastic bags

They can not be recycled but are often dumped into recycling bins full of recyclables. This can render the entire bag unrecyclable. Plastic bags are an environmental disaster all of their own, and when they make their way in the recycling process, this impact is only worsened. They get caught in machines, and can prevent efficiency recycling. Make sure to dump your recyclables without a plastic bag. The less we use plastic bags in our daily lives, the better for the environment anyway.

Size matters

Anything smaller than a credit card can be problematic to recycle. This includes items such as straws, coffee pods, plastic cutlery and bottle caps. They can also get caught up in recycling machines and jam it. It’s better to watch what we use, and to try to eliminate certain items completely. Replace plastic straws with a reusable one, or none at all, for example. 

Empty, clean and dry

How clean? Generally items dumped for recycling should be as clean as if you were to reuse the container yourself. Why? Food waste left in recyclables can contaminate a whole load of recyclables, turning them instantly into rubbish that has to be thrown away. Think also about how you reduce usage of all packaging and one use containers in general. 

Leave out combined materials

This means anything that isn’t made from one single material. Examples include, coffee cups coated with plastic, envelopes with bubble-wrap and other items. These can not be separated and can not be recycled. 

Be aware

Key to successful recycling is understand what can and can not be recycled out of everything we use and need to throw away over the course of a day. First understand what can and can not be recycled. Try to limit your use of items, packaging, and containers 

that can not be recycled. For those that can be recycled, know where each can be recycled. Batteries, for example, have very specific places where they can be recycled. Many people often dump non recyclables in recycling bins, in the hope that they can be recycled. However these items simply contaminate the entire bin and make everything in it unrecyclable. 

Recycling is an important part of a commitment to living a more sustainable life. We all have a responsibility to do better by recycling. However the most important impact we can have is in considering what we use on a daily basis, and reducing our use of plastics and other one use items, regardless of whether they can be recycled or not. 

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