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Happy Global Recycling Day!

“It is a day for action, for the world to come together to put the planet first, and to change the mindset of governments, businesses, communities, and individuals around the world, to see recyclables as a resource” — Global Recycling Foundation

The Global Recycling Day (GRD) is a day to recognize the important role recycling plays in preserving our resources and securing the future of our planet.

Did you know?

  • Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making it from raw materials

  • Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two-person household for one year

  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity

  • Aluminium can be recycled forever without any loss of quality

  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt lightbulb for four hours

  • Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 mature trees

  • Approximately 1.6 million people worldwide are employed in processing recyclables

  • 70% of the Spanish population recycles their trash

It is necessary to understand recycling is a global issue that affects everyone on the planet. Therefore, the effort to reuse resources must be made by all people, companies and governments.

Our ecosystem can no longer sustain the “take, make, and waste” model we currently use. To avoid this process, the transition to the circular economy is a must.

This year, the GRD has the theme #RecyclingHeroes 2021, which will award 10 people, places, businesses, or activities that have continued to support the recycling effort during the pandemic. The winner will be announced today on the website of the Global Recycle Day.


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