The first ever Global recycling day is marked today 18th March 2018. The Global Recycling Day is an initiative of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). It was first conceived by Ranjit Baxi at his inauguration as BIR President at the BIR World Recycling Convention in Dubai in 2015. The aim is to unite the world’s approach to recycling, from world leaders to businesses, communities to individuals and encourage the world to think resource not waste, and to celebrate the planet’s Seventh Resource.
Our planet provides us six (6) major resources: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals. Recycling has been added as the seventh (7) resource. Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emission. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling). Recycling is a solution to the future of our planets environmental wellbeing. In recycling, aluminum can be melted down and made into new products over and over again, it can be used to make airplane parts, building facades and bicycles.
By recycling plastics you’re helping to save 3.8 barrels of oil for every tonne that’s recycled plastics can be recycled into plastics, textile, interlocks and more. glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.
Glass bottles are primarily used to make new containers, highway marking beads and the glass sand used to purify water. It can also be turned into counter tops, flooring, tile landscaping stones and bricks.
Cartons and juice boxes can contain up to three different materials: a paper structure, an aluminum lining and a plastic coating. Recyclers separate the material so they can be turned into different products. The paper fibre is used to make tissues, office paper and more. The left over aluminum and plastic combination can be used in different ways.
Importance of Recycling
- Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste, the effect of dumping recyclables in landfills and incinerators is the release harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses back to the atmosphere. Recycling this products reduce the release of this gasses.
- Recycling reduces the need for raw materials and saves habitat, deforestation is an inevitable activity in the process of getting virgin resources and this activity has a ripple effect on our planet: resources are used up, habitats are destroyed and global warming sets in. recycling reduces our dependence on virgin resource, so that the rainforests can be preserved.
- Recycling saves huge amounts of energy, when making products from raw materials. A lot of energy is being put in the process of production from sourcing for the resource to transportation, conversion from raw materials to finished products. Recycling requires much less energy and therefore helps to preserve energy.
- No space for waste, Our landfill sites are filling up faster than we can imagine, recycling helps save space, however dumping materials such as plastics and metals in landfills is an endless process knowing that they are not degradable.
- Reduce financial expenditure in the economy. Making products from raw materials costs much more than if they were made from recycled products.
- Preserve natural resources for future generations. Recycling gives the unborn generation hope of being born into an environmentally sustainable world with abundant resources.
Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and it is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing and the natural resources is diminishing, start today by changing your mindset from waste to “resource” store up those recyclables that come into your houses and offices, identify a local recycling firm around you and turn them in let’s this be your little contribution to mother Earth.