6th Global Recycling Day - 18th March 2023 - What's it all about? Plus some tips on Recycling

Posted 17th Mar 2023
Hello everybody,

Since we are only 1 day away from the 6th Global Recycling Day I thought it was going to be nice to talk about the event a little and find out a bit more about what is that about and how we can participate and get involved.

What is Recycling Day?

Global Recycling Day was created and established in 2018 by the Global Recycling Foundation, a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote the importance of recycling and support sustainable global development.

The day is currently recognised by the United Nations and is celebrated all around the world.

The first GRD was celebrated on the 18th of March 2018, and it has since then grown to become a global annual event that brings together individuals, organisations, and governments to promote recycling and sustainable practices.

Through different activities (physical local ones and global digital ones) this day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of waste on the environment and an attempt to teach people how to take action to protect the planet for future generations in our day to day life.

There are two main events during the year - Recycling Day and Recycling week. The latter will run from 19th to 25th September 2023. The theme for this year recycling events is 'Let's Get Real'. (To tackle myths and challenge perceptions around recycling) and " #RecyclingHeroes." (To celebrate individuals that are making a difference every day promoting a shift of sustainable practises to help the planet in the long run).


Why is it important to get involved?

Recycling has been recognised in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 as one of the main tools to avoid substantial permanent damages to the planet (more than has sadly already been done).

We are experiencing already big issues due to the incredible amount of waste of resources, reckless politics that never take into account environmental health, and, as a consequence, climate change.

The last decade has been the hottest on record, (raise your hand if you can still feel on your skin the 42 degrees in London of last summer ) and we are now facing a climate emergency of unprecedented proportions which can only be tackled and approached with rapid and significant changes.

The GRD involves a series of event around the world and in London the Global Recycling Day team will create a demonstration using bundles of recycled materials on Carnaby Street between 12pm and 4pm. Also this year, a few organisations are using the event to address key issues in the waste management industry, such as DRS schemes and the Plastic Pollution Tax.

Why is it crucial to make some changes and start recycling ?

Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out.

When we think about natural resources, our mind goes straight to the Big Six: water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals. These resources represent the current foundation of our very existence as all our food and survival tool, ultimately come from these six elements.

However, these resources are finite and rapidly running out. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. We are carelessly using the earth’s natural resources without thinking about what will replace them, while billions of tons of waste pour into landfill sites every year.

The simple solution to this is recycling – the ‘Seventh Resource’, which can be used again and again.

However, these resources are not endless and they are actually rapidly running out. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

On of the most handy solution to tackle the issue is recycling – (also called the ‘Seventh Resource’), which can be used again and again and has a triple beneficial effect:

  • Combat climate change
  • Boosts local employment around the world
  • Conserve the earth’s six precious primary resources

What Are Some Concrete Changes World Leaders Need To Implement?

What Are Some Questions We Can Ask Ourselves on a Daily Basis Around Recycling?


Top Tips on How to Implement Recycling in Our Every Day Life:

  • Separate our rubbish in the correct way is the first step to ensure that plastic bottles are recycled in the most efficient way (data say that only 58% of plastic bottles in the UK is recycled correctly.

  • Let's not forget the bathroom: we are usually all focused on the kitchen, food containers and water bottles in our households but there are plenty of items in the bathroom waiting to be recycled correctly: toothpaste box, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles, toilet paper tubes and so much more.

  • If we are unsure on how to recycle an item correctly, we can search online for tutorials as the internet is full of this kind of resources.

  • Let's not forget to rinse and make sure no food is left in our containers before we try and recycle them.

  • The Scrunch Test: Not sure if a piece of paper can be recycled? Try scrunching it up in your hand. If it doesn’t spring back, then it can be recycled (I just found out about this tip and i will be use it for sure from now on).

  • Find your closest recycling facility so that you can take your waste there and make sure it will be recycled properly.


Here's a bunch of resources we can all use to improve our recycling skills and make sure we give our contribution to the environmental cause:

Recycling Locator - HERE
School Resources - HERE
Edutopia - HERE
Reuse - Reduce - Recycle - HERE

Global Recycling Day - FACEBOOK
Global Recycling Day - INSTAGRAM
Global Recycling Day - TWITTER
Global Recycling Day - LINKEDIN

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  1. danielwhicks's avatar
    The government and councils need to do more. In my local area there is limited plastics recycling and cardboard that goes to landfill if wet, yet they give us open top containers to store it in versus providing a mixed recycling and separate glass bin. Shame as it could be so much easier and more people would recycle if they were provided with better options.

    A lot of brands are still using non recyclable combined packaging and flexi plastics which are not widely recyclable. People won’t recycle unless it’s made available via kerbside options. Brands need to do more too. The consumer is not the problem here. (edited)
    LegoGetSome's avatar
    Yes, it can be a lottery as to what facilities are available or provided by the local council or businesses. However, there is lots the consumer can do and depends on how much "inconvenience" and cost the consumer is willing to endure and how much "effort" one decides to put in e.g. it's a pain to save up all the soft plastics for recycling (it's far easier to chuck it all in the general waste) and it's bit of extra effort to take it to recycle, buy less or 2nd hand LEGO...? Wonder how much difference it makes but maybe if my neighbour does it, a few people in my street or a few people in town do it then it'll count for something. Films on groceries previously "not recyclable" are now labelled "recycle at local recycling point", black mushroom boxes are now transparent or recyclable and places like Tesco and Aldi have soft plastic recycling so there's progress but slow. No doubt making it easier and cost effective for people to recycle will increase the likelihood of it happening, but consumers can still take it upon themselves to do their best with their actions and choices.
  2. Sutats's avatar
    I would recycle myself if I could.
  3. CETD's avatar
    Introducing a deposit scheme, like they do in mainland Europe, Would encourage better recycling as well as potentially reducing the amount of litter strewn everywhere
    danielwhicks's avatar
    Brilliant idea! Plus people might even pick up litter after others and make money as they do so!
  4. jimbo23's avatar
    The local plant life gets the brunt of recycling energy drinks cans near me.49791933-yceDS.jpg

    George.com (ASDA) offer a 10% discount on future clothing purchases if you take in your old clothes through the Take Back scheme. (edited)
  5. Sho_Nuff's avatar
    I wonder if they reject jars that don't have food in them but are not completely clean? Pasta for example.

    There is also a tool on local council websites that allows you to find out what can be recycled by typing in the name of the material.
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