“Reducing waste and increasing recycling is a goal that many share and work toward achieving. And on Sunday, March 18, government officials, businesses, communities and individuals from around the globe [joined] as one to participate in the first-ever Global Recycling Day. Founded by Ranjit Baxi, president of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Global Recycling Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and the Seventh Resource, encouraging those around the world to view recyclables as a resource, not waste” (Waste360).
How Recycling Impacts the World
The influence that recycling has on the rest of the world is immense, according to many who work within the industry. As a global industry, recycling provides more than 2 million jobs, saves 700 million tons of carbon from being pumped into the air each year, reduces waste that ends up in landfills, promotes health and hygiene and safe living conditions, as well as adding a projected estimate of over $400 billion to the global gross domestic product by the year 2025! Since recycling plays such an important and vital role in the preservation of our planet, more and more people are of the mindset that the industry should come together on Global Recycling Day to support each other and raise awareness. The goal of Global Recycling Day it to showcase on a grand scale, the work that is already being done to increase recycling, improve recycling processes, get more people involved, spread the word about why people should recycle, and discuss what else can be done.
Who is Involved in the Global Recycling Day Push?
There are many countries around the world who are joining efforts for Global Recycling Day and who are committing to making changes and taking steps to push recycling and reduce waste and pollution. The United States, France, Mongolia, South Africa, Australia, Nepal, Nigeria, The United Kingdom, Brazil, India, The United Arab Emirates, and Austria are just some of the global players getting on board. With a growing global focus, more and more countries are realizing the importance of recycling as well as how the day to day choices and habits of their citizens can impact the environment. With each new year, influence grows, more countries join in, and the impact and change they are causing spread farther and farther!
What can I do to Make a Difference?
There are many things individuals can do, no matter where they live, to reduce the amount of waste and pollution that ends up in the environment. Here are some simple things you can start doing right now to make an impact for good with personal recycle and waste reduction goals:
- Carpool and take public transportation to and from work when you can
- Walk or ride your bike for short distance trips when possible
- Recycle common items like cans, newspapers, glass, and plastics often
- Clear out old electronics and take them to special recycling centers
- Plant trees, shrubs, and flowers on your property as often as you can
- Clean up litter you find laying around when you are out and about every day
- Encourage neighbors to get involved as well in their own ways
- Reduce water waste at home and at the office where you can
- Support organizations focused on clean up and restoration of the environment
If you have questions about how you or your business can get more involved in helping the planet through recycling, contact us at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources today.