Global Recycling Day was first celebrated on 18th March 2018 to acknowledge the role of recycling in conserving our resources and securing the future of our planet. And this year’s theme is, ‘Recycling into the Future’. This day aims to tap the power of youth, education, and innovation for creating a greener environment and a brighter future.
Global Recycling Day 2019 will work to engage the youth, businesses, and entrepreneurs globally through key partnerships that focus on innovative ideas, practical concepts, and better recycling practices. But, in order to truly harness the power or recycling, people must unite to drive awareness and develop new solutions to reduce the amount of trash.
What is Recycling?
Recycling is an easy and effective way to conserve the environment and ensure the wellbeing of the community for future generations. However, successful recycling requires the active participation of people. When people proactively make an effort to reduce the amount of trash they dispose of and reuse products made from recycled materials, it completes the recycling loop.
How Recycling Works
Recycling involves the processing of used materials into useful products. This helps reduce the need for raw materials required for manufacturing finished goods. Recycling also consumes less energy and greatly minimizes air, water, and land pollution.
The recycling process starts with the sorting of household and commercial waste into different categories – plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum. All of these are materials are then sent to the recycling unit where they are processed into new materials.
Recycling one ton of paper saves:
- 17 trees
- 7,000 gallons of water
- 4,100 kWh energy
Recycling one ton of glass saves:
- 2 cubic yards of a landfill site
- 42 kWh energy
- 5 pounds of air pollutants
Recycling one ton of plastic saves:
- 5,774 kWh energy
- 685 gallons of oil
- 30 cubic yards of a landfill site
Recycling one ton of aluminum saves:
- 14,000 kWh energy
- 1,663 gallons of oil
- 10 cubic yards of a landfill site
Why Recycling Is Important and Benefits of Recycling
- Recycling protects natural resources
Recycling reduces the overall market demand for virgin raw materials. This, in turn, lowers the consumption of power, trees, petroleum distillates, and minerals. Recycling avoids all the damage done to the environment due to the harvesting of trees, mining for minerals and drilling for petroleum.
- Recycling saves energy
Recycling requires much less energy for producing goods using recycled raw materials as an alternative to virgin raw materials. For instance, aluminum recycling saves more than 90% of the power consumed for producing cans from virgin mined bauxite.
- Recycling preserves the environment
When you collect and sort recycling materials and place it in the local drop-off bin, you know you are doing the right thing for the planet. Recycled materials don’t end up in the landfill and thereby, reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Recycling creates employment opportunities
For every job at the landfill site, there are 10 jobs in a recycling unit.
If you have never considered recycling, you may want to rethink. Recycling can actually help you save energy and money in the long haul. And most importantly, it is great for the environment. So, if you want to work towards creating a sustainable planet, join the Go for Green Initiatives.