Let’s take a break from looking at the news to celebrate something a lot more positive – World Recycling Day.
More than ever we are becoming conscious of the amount of things we consume or even need to use. Before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, awareness was growing of the urgent need to use less of the World’s finite resources.
Wednesday 18 March is Global Recycling Day.
It is organised by The Global Recycling Foundation and aims to encourage us all to recycle and make use of what it describes as the ‘Seventh Resource.’
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “Recycling is a crucial part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions, and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.”
The theme of this year’s efforts is turning everyday folk like us into Recycling Heroes.
Here are four quick recycling tips for people in Surbiton & Kingston.
- A simple one. Start thinking about what can be recycled and what can’t – especially when shopping.
- If like me, you love your espresso coffee machine but don’t love the waste created by single use coffee capsules, take a look at these metal re-usable coffee capsules from Evergreen https://www.evergreen-capsules.com/. They are a fantastic idea and make superb coffee!
- Take baby steps. You can’t go from a recycling zero to hero overnight. This ties in nicely with the current Lent challenge. Rather than giving up something, usually chocolate for Lent, instead donate an item for every day of Lent, and there are 40, to your local charity shop.
- Less is more. By reducing the amount of ‘stuff’ we consume we’re doing our bit for the planet and our future generations.
- Rinse and repeat. So, you are using the right recycling bins – great. But remember to rinse out any items that you put in them. This not only ensures the items are easily recyclable but will get rid of any odours that attract rodents or pests.
We hope this article gave you some (compostable) food for thought and provided some relief from thinking about the new C-Word. Feel free to share your recycling tips with us and to find out more visit: www.globalrecyclingday.com