Global Recycling Day promotes the concept and practice of recycling and raises awareness of the importance of recycling. Global Recycling Day was first announced in 2015 after Office of International Recycling Chairman Ranjit S. Baxi brought it to the attention of the Global Recycling Convention that same year.
Global Recycling Day is celebrated annually on March 18 with the aim of raising awareness of the rapid rate at which our natural resources are being depleted and the need to recycle to slow it down. The day promotes the concept and practice of recycling and encourages the limited use of natural resources to save the planet.
Theme for 2023
Global Recycling Day 2023 will be celebrated around the theme “Creative Innovation” to encourage people to think outside the box and find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.
History and significance
Global Recycling Day was first announced in 2015 after Office of International Recycling Chairman Ranjit S. Baxi brought it to the attention of the Global Recycling Convention that same year.
The first celebration of Global Recycling Day took place on March 18, 2018 and the date was chosen as it coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Office of Recycling International.
The celebration marks the importance of recycling in preserving the Earth’s natural resources and educates people on the importance of recycling.
On Global Recycling Day 2023, here are 10 easy ways to start recycling at home.
Plastic water bottles
Plastic water bottles can be easily recycled with some creativity. They can be cut from the bottom and used as planters for planting seedlings. These clever plant holders can also be hung to make a great addition to garden space.
Aluminum foil is also non-biodegradable waste that can be recycled. They can be used as reflectors for plants in the shade, they can be used as a dryer ball after wrinkling to help remove static and wrinkles from clothes.
Countertop composting is another way to contribute to the reduce, reuse and recycle mission. You can simply dig a hole in your garden or use a covered container to compost biodegradable waste such as vegetable peelings, scraps and more. The compost can then be used as manure for the garden.
Instead of storing old newspapers, they can be reused as wrapping paper to wrap fragile items or gifts. They can also be used as a cleaning aid to clean stains from windows.
Plastic bags can be recycled in several ways at home. They can be used to line wastebaskets or as a seal to secure cans and bottles that tend to leak. They can also be used to wrap fragile items for storage or shipping.
CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes
CDs can be used to create creative and decorative pieces like a collage of reflective CDs for walls or ceilings. Old VHS tapes can be used to bind things together instead of a plastic cord.
Old cell phones and devices
Old phones and devices can be cleaned up and donated or donated to someone who needs them. They can also be dismantled and sent to electronic recycling units or users can exchange them for a new phone.
Undamaged husks can be reused or they can help store seeds from the garden. Paper wraps can also be used to create organic mulch for the garden or to fill pillowcases.
With some reconfiguration of water pipes, waste water such as bath water and sink water can be reused for flushing toilets or watering yards and gardens. In addition, rainwater can be stored and reused for washing.
Glass jars and containers.
Glass containers filled with food can be reused as containers for other items or creatively to make household items such as decorative hangers.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)