How to get involved with Global Recycling Day

Global Recycling Day 2023

Global Recycling Day is on 18 March 2023.

Created by the Global Recycling Foundation (GRF), it’s an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the importance of recycling in preserving primary resources and securing the future of the planet.

The theme for this year is Creative Innovation.

 When announcing the theme, Ranjit Baxi, President of the Global Recycling Foundation, said it is about celebrating recycling heroes for the impact they have.

“It is vital that everyone should play their part, and recycling is an important element in the struggle against global warming. In past years our Recycling Heroes have demonstrated that every individual and business, great or small, can have a positive impact,” Baxi said.

He said the need for creative innovation on how people recycle is greater than ever.

Referred to by the Global Recycling Foundation and Global Recycling Day as the ‘Seventh Resource’, recycling can help combat global warming and conserve the planet’s six primary resources. Each year recycling helps to save more than 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions, projected to increase to one billion tonnes by 2030.

The Global Recycling Foundation stated that recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of the planet.

Global Recycling Day has been embraced by Australia through various initiatives at local and national levels, encouraging people to contribute to national waste targets of reducing the total waste generated in Australia by 10 per cent per person by 2030 and phasing out problematic plastics by 2025.

Waste Wise Wednesday

Darwin has taken its celebrations a step further, dedicating the month of March to recycling. The City’s Recycling Awareness Month and Waste Wise Wednesday are part of an initiative to educate and empower people to ‘do the right thing when they’re at the bin’.

The council says the program aims to build a community of #RecyclingHeroes who champion the benefits of recycling to create a more sustainable future with waste targets in mind. A recycling hero is a person who actively participates in and promotes recycling practices to help reduce waste and protect the environment.

As part of the program, the council has provided ideas online on how to join in on Waste Wise Wednesday and in the future:

Learning what can be recycled is an important first step. Things such as glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans and aerosols, cardboard, magazines, paper and cartons, and all plastic containers free from food waste can be recycled.

Reducing the size of general waste bins and having a dedicated recycling bin helps people to think about what they are throwing away. Rinsing and drying recyclables, being ‘paper conscious’ in the workplace, and spreading the word to others to get involved can also help.

Great Shoe Cleanout

Australians are being urged to take action against a global waste problem and join in the Great Shoe Cleanout this Global Recycling Day.

The Great Shoe Cleanout is the brainchild of Treadlightly, a national recycling initiative powered by the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) and Australian footwear recycler Save Our Soles (SOS), helping Australians to recycle their pre-loved sports and active lifestyle shoes by giving them new life and keeping them out of landfill.

To find the closest TreadLightly collection location, visit: www.treadlightly.com.au

For more information visit: www.globalrecyclingday.com www.darwin.nt.gov.au

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