Global Recycling Day- Save the planet, support recycling
Let’s all be #RecyclingHeroes
The earth’s resources are limited and on Global Recycling Day (18 March) this year we are encouraged to think twice about what we throw away and consider recycling as a way to protect the environment and preserve those resources
Recycling is recognised in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 as a key part of the circular economy. It saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions annually — enough to offset all the CO2 emissions generated by the aviation industry every year. By 2030 it is expected to save over a billion tonnes.
Blue Planet II is credited with highlighting the need to recycle plastics. Around 8 millions tonnes of plastic enters the oceans each year, polluting marine environments. David Attenborough said: “While our plastics affect the entire planet, it’s our oceans that bear the full brunt of plastic pollution. This is a disaster.”
But it’s not just plastics
The other big issue is electronic waste (E-waste) — 53 million tonnes are generated each year, including smart phones, fridges, TVs, microwaves and PC monitors. (And it’s not just the items themselves, they often contain irreplaceable precious metals and dangerous components like lead and mercury). Most of these things can now be recycled by the local authority, either in your weekly doorstep collection (plastics and glass) or at the local tip.
We are doing our bit
Like most local businesses our cardboard is collected for recycling by the council. We also use a Bristol-based company, Professional Hygiene Ltd, to process our clinical waste, which includes; cotton, plastic, latex gloves, PPE; ‘sharps’ – the needles and syringes; and dental amalgam which contains mercury. Even extracted teeth which contain amalgam fillings have to be separated in our waste system to be processed safely.
What can you do?
This year the theme of Global Recycling Day is #RecyclingHeroes. The organisers are encouraging everyone to go the extra mile to reduce, reuse and recycle more. You can find more on the website https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/about/ on Twitter @GlbRecyclingDay or Facebook @globalrecyclingday.