Started on March 18th 2018 - Global Recycling Day
A day to focus on celebrating and raising awareness for the importance of recycling the planets future.
What can be recycled?
According to the EPA, in the USA in 2017 around 267.8 million tons of garbage was created, which equates to about 4.51 pounds per person per day! Of this waste approximately 67 million tons was recycled and 27 million tons was composted. In the UK in 2017 GOV estimates that around 45.7% of waste was recycled which was an increase from 45.2% in 2016.
Can we be doing more?
We often hear "We can't recycle our way out of the plastic problem." and this is true to a degree, we need to be reducing the waste that we create in the first place, however, this doesn't make recycling any less important. With less than 50% of waste around the world being recycled, our communities need to make a massive change in what we trash and how we recycle. Undoubtedly there is something we can all to do increase recycling rates.
Most families throw away about 40 kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled. To improve these statistics you can check locally to see what plastics can be recycled, and make an effort to avoid plastics that cannot be recycled.
In the UK almost half of the households throw away one or more items that could be recycled. Taking the time to check and see if items can be recycled and encouraging and educating others would see an improvement to this statistic.
About 50% of household waste is actually compostable! Including food scraps, garden waste, paper and cardboard, as well as wood waste. All can be popped into a composter to break down naturally.
Just over two thirds of households put things in the recycling which can't be recycled. You can always check what can and can't be recycled with your local centre or authority, and if you aren't sure if what you have can be recycled or not then you can check to see if Terracycling take it. Putting items into recycling that cannot be recycled can cause damage and even break the machines they use.
There are a number of items that should never go in the recycling because they ruin whole loads of recycling. If the batch of recycling is ruined then the truckloads of recycling can be sent to landfill or incineration instead. These are some of the items that should NEVER be put in the recycling, sanitary products, such as nappies, any medical items, such as needles, syringes and blood bags, as well as pet litter and animal bedding.
Since China stopped the import of plastics for recycling we have seen a shift in the way 'recycled' plastic is managed and used. Unfortunately some plastic that is designated for recycling is now ending up in landfills which is why it is so important that we all look to reduce the amount of plastic that we use overall.
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Today we wanted to not only encourage you to learn more about recycling in your local area but we want to help you do your part!
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