This year sees the first ever Global Recycling Day being held on the 18th of March. The day aims to secure the future of our planet by conserving the world’s six primary resources. Along with celebrating the power of the Seventh Resource – the goods all around us that we reuse and recycle every day.
The Bureau of International Recycling highlight that of the earths natural resources; we tend to think of six as being the most important: Water, Air, Oil, Coal, Minerals and Natural Gas. Every year, the earth yields billions of tons of these resources to transform into consumables. At some point, there will be nothing left.
That’s why we must, as a planet, think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but instead an opportunity to create a seventh resource… Recycling.
The benefits of Recycling
Unlike the other 6 resources, the seventh resource isn’t finite. Instead, the resource can be used, re-used and re-used again, sometimes indefinitely. Recycling already saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions each year. Although their is still a long way to go, this offsets the emissions generated by the global aviation industry annually. With even more recycling we could offset more CO2 emissions, which in turn would reduce climate change.
Humans have consumed more resources in the last 50 years than in all previous history. Recycling at its current level can reduce the use of the 6 resources by at least 40%. This could be increased through a global push on recycling.
We already do enough Recycling!
You might think that we already do enough recycling and that we possibly couldn’t recycle any more, but you would be wrong! The UK recycled 45% of waste in 2016. They have a target to recycle 50% of waste by 2020. Although it has been improving, it is still some way behind Austria, which recycles 63% of its waste every year.
On top of those figures, 91% of all plastic produced is not recycled, instead it ends up in the ocean or landfill. It has rightfully been in the news a lot already this year, but it is important to not let it turn into a passing fad, Global Recycling Day offers the perfect time to make an extra effort in recycling or reusing any plastic you use.
At Budget Batteries we have always pushed for people to Recycle their batteries. Even better still, switch to rechargeable batteries so you can reuse them over and over again. (read our comparison of disposable vs rechargeable batteries)
The need to recycle batteries doesn’t get as much coverage as it should, 15 billion batteries are thrown away each year across the world. Each one of those contains chemistry that could be reused; Instead the cells corrode in land fill. Once the battery has leaked the chemistry (which is usually harmful) is released into the earth, eventually making its way into our water system.
An even better way of reducing the amount of batteries we dispose of is switching to rechargeable batteries. The performance of rechargeable batteries has improved over the last decade. A single ReCyko Pro+ has similar performance to most Alkaline batteries but can be re-used up to 1500 times. Thats a lot of batteries!
What can you do this Global Recycling Day?
There are seven questions you can act upon on the 18th of March. Along with those questions we would like to once again remind you to recycle your batteries. You can find you local battery recycling point by visiting the Recycle Now website and follow the instructions.
How are we celebrating Global Recycling day?
In the lead up to Global Recycling day we have been spreading the word with our neighbors, Social Media outlets and internally with our staff. We are planning on running some promotions and competitions on the day its self so keep your eye on our social media outlets.
As a company we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Our sister company Cell Pack Solutions hold ISO 14001 accreditation. To go along with adhering to these standards we also try to recycle as much of our packaging as possible; reusing boxes to ship out goods when we can, or using them as protective packaging. If we cant reuse our boxes they end up being recycled. On site we also have a battery recycling container.
Around our building we have separate bins for compostable material such as tea bags and fruit leftovers. One of our team uses these to make compost at his allotment; We are looking forward to reaping some of the vegetables that sit in our compost.
We support Global Recycling Day! Remember to Recycle your batteries!