Thu 18 March 2021:
Today is Global Recycling Day. The day assumes even more significance amid the pandemic as recycling items has taken a big hit and people are using more disposable things for safety. According to a report in news agency Reuters, “From Wuhan to New York, demand for face shields, gloves, takeaway food containers and bubble wrap for online shopping has surged.
Since most of that cannot be recycled, so has the waste.” Recyclers across the world are losing out, says the report. Global Recycling Day is an opportunity to spread awareness about the importance of recycling in ensuring a healthy future of our precious planet and saying “Thank You” to the Recycle Heroes.
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Theme of 2021 Global Recycling Day
According to the Global Recycling Foundation, the theme for this year’s Global Recycling Day is “celebrating our Recycling Heroes”. This year we express gratitude to all who help in popularising recycling as a key activity in our daily lives.
Role of of recycling in building an environmentally stable planet
- Recycling is an important part of the circular economy
- Recycling helps protect natural resources globally
- Every year, recyclable products also known as the ‘Seventh Resource’ saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to one billion tonnes by 2030, according to the globalrecyclingday.com
Global Recycling Day: The mission
The Global Recycling Foundation has set up a two-fold mission:
- “To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue”
- “To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens, we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve”
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