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Global Recycling Day

Join us in making a difference on Global Recycling Day - reduce, reuse, and recycle to help save our planet!
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Get ready to show your support for the environment on Global Recycling Day on March 18! This day was created in 2018 as an annual event to celebrate the importance of recycling and its positive effects. It's a great opportunity for people all over the world to come together and make a difference by reducing their waste, conserving resources, and protecting our planet.

History of Global Recycling Day

Global Recycling Day Dates

Global Recycling Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Earth Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Earth Day was celebrated, marking the beginning of the environmental movement and increasing awareness about the importance of recycling.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Garbage Barge Case</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Mobro 4000 garbage barge case highlighted the growing waste management issues, leading to a heightened focus on recycling in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Germany's Green Dot System</div><div class='timeline-text'>Germany implemented the Green Dot system, which revolutionized recycling by making manufacturers responsible for the waste generated by their products.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>China's Green Fence Policy</div><div class='timeline-text'>China implemented the Green Fence policy to reduce the amount of contaminated waste it imports, leading western countries to improve their recycling practices.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Zero Waste Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Zero Waste Movement gained popularity globally, advocating for waste prevention through recycling, reusing, composting, and reducing consumption.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inaugural Global Recycling Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) established Global Recycling Day to recognize and celebrate the importance of recycling in preserving Earth's resources.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Global Recycling Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Recycle paper</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start by recycling paper products such as newspaper, magazines, and cardboard boxes. Make sure to break down the boxes before placing them in your recycling bin.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Reuse plastic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Instead of throwing out plastic bottles and containers, use them for storage or crafts. You can also take containers to a local grocery store that has a plastic recycle program.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Compost food waste</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Instead of throwing out food waste, start composting it in your backyard. Composting is an effective way to reduce waste and you can use the compost to fertilize your garden.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate used items</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you have items that are still usable but no longer need them, donate them to a local charity or thrift store. Someone else will be able to make use of them instead of them going into a landfill.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a cleanup event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organizations such as Keep America Beautiful often organize beach or park cleanups that you can participate in with your family or friends. This is a great way to make an impact on the environment and help keep our parks and beaches clean.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Global Recycling Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Recycling helps reduce our environmental footprint</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By reusing materials, we can drastically cut down on the amount of waste that is released into the environment. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees and reduces water pollution by 15%. Taking steps to reuse materials not only helps protect our planet but also saves money in the long run!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Recycling creates jobs & boosts the economy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The process of recycling has created thousands of new jobs across the world. These industries have provided opportunities for communities to build sustainable businesses, all while helping preserve natural resources. Additionally, these jobs often pay more than other service sector jobs, boosting local economies in the process.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Recycling teaches responsibility</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The process of recycling allows individuals to take ownership over their consumption habits and learn how they can lower their personal impact on the environment. By taking the time to think about what items are recyclable, people become more conscious of their day to day decisions and can make better choices when it comes to how they use resources.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-opening Facts for Global Recycling Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recycling Aluminum is Highly Efficient</h3><p class='facts-content'>Did you know that recycling aluminum cans save up to 95% of the energy needed to create new ones? This immensely reduces the environmental impact of mining and manufacturing processes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Every Ton of Recycled Paper Protects 17 Trees</h3><p class='facts-content'>By recycling paper products, we not only reduce the demand for freshly cut wood but also help conserve biodiversity by protecting our forests.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions</h3><p class='facts-content'>When waste materials decompose in landfills, they release harmful greenhouse gases like methane. By recycling, we reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, subsequently mitigating the emission of these gases.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Glass is 100% Recyclable</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike some materials that degrade and become less suitable for reuse over time, glass retains its quality. It can be recycled indefinitely, making it one of the most eco-friendly materials.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compact Fluorescent Lamps can be Recycled</h3><p class='facts-content'>Not many know, but Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) should be recycled. They consist of small amounts of mercury and other components which can be recovered and reused, reducing negative environmental impact.</p></div></div>

Global Recycling Day FAQs

When is Global Recycling Day?

Global Recycling Day is celebrated on March 18 every year. In 2024 Global Recycling Day will occur on a Monday.

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