How to be a global recycling citizen

Ahead of Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2019, the Global Recycling Foundation is asking children across the world to think about better recycling practices.  To help, a list of “seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen” has been created, which families, school and youth orientated clubs are being invited to download and share. These include hot topics in the recycling industry, from single use plastics to climate change and the circular economy.

The seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen are:

  1. Use less things made of plastic
    Think about how you can use less things made of plastic, and recycle those that cannot be reused. Things like drinking bottles, straws and plastic bags.
  2. Help friends follow the recycling rules
    Encourage your family, friends and school to follow local recycling instructions.
  3. Repair and reuse old things
    Think about whether you really need everything to be new. See if you can mend, repair and reuse the things you own (e.g. clothes, toys, games).
  4. Only put clean, dry items in your recycling box
    Do everything you can to make sure the stuff you recycle is dry, clean and in the right collection bins each week.
  5. Look online and share with friends
    Look at ways you can learn more about recycling, as well as how you can help family and friends be more aware.
  6. Don’t forget other materials
    Look into how you can recycle things like electronics when you no longer want them.
  7. Remember to recycle packaging
    Try to ensure that you recycle packaging when you open and use new things.

Find out more about how you can get involved in Global Recycling Day here.

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