On 18 March 2020, the world celebrated World Recycling Day. We should continue to reflect on the role we play every day in making a difference, when it comes to looking after our environment. The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) looked at why Global Recycling Day is so important.

We can all make a difference to the environment and you can start small to make a significant difference. TGRC created a list of a few helpful tips to assist you in changing your habits on Global Recycling Day next year as well as every single day:

  • Familiarise yourself with your nearest glass bank

Make sure you know where to take all your glass bottles and jars in order to recycle them. TGRC places glass banks at convenient locations to allow members of the public to drop off glass for recycling. Schools, shopping centers and service stations offer ideal sites for glass banks. You can locate your nearest glass recycling bank by visiting www.tgrc.co.za   or www.facebook.com/TheGlassRecyclingCo

  • Recycle and buy recycled products

Imagine all of the complex processes needed to create new items from scratch: After mining the raw materials, these then need to be transported, cleaned from impurities, processed and treated until they can finally be transformed into the desired end-products.  While reducing the processes in sourcing raw materials by recycling, you’ll also be reducing the demand for energy and cutting down on CO2 emissions.

  • Separate at source

Keep it simple. If you want your family and especially your children to start recycling, you’ll have more success if you make it an easy and fun activity for them. Place your family’s recycling bins in a high-traffic area, preferably near the rubbish bin. Make sure each bin is clearly marked to help your kids separate waste.

  • Social Media Participation

Be sure to use your social media platforms on the day to initiate conversations about Global Recycling Day, and encourage followers and friends to recycle while emphasising the role this plays in protecting the environment.