Global Recycling Day

Make an environmental impact this Global Recycling Day

With Global Recycling Day coming up this Friday (18 March), there are lots of ways you can help to make a positive impact on our planet with simple everyday activities.

Be a #RecyclingHero

Global Recycling Day recognises the important role of recycling in preserving natural resources and contributing to an environmentally stable and greener future which will benefit all.

With the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saving over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions every year, the Global Recycling Foundation is calling for each of us to champion recycling and raise awareness to help others do to the same.

The official Global Recycling Day website explained: “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. That’s why we must think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but opportunity.” Recycling was formally recognised in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 as the waste industry directly affects humanity with increased poverty, immigration from displaced communities, job losses, waste mountains and natural habitats disappearing.

To help combat this issue, supporters can recycle everything from cardboard and plastics to glass and many other household items. It is also important to know what items are not recyclable as recycling inappropriate products could cause contamination further along the process.

Building a sustainable future 

As a socially responsible employer, YMCA Robin Hood Group is proud to support the global green agenda for the benefit of future generations.

The charity’s wider sustainability efforts range from making environmentally conscious decisions when building the transformational YMCA Community and Activity Village in Newark to handing out #GrowWithUs seed pencils at events so local people can enhance their green footprint too.

Pat Woodfield, Executive Director of People & Culture at YMCA Robin Hood Group, said: “Global Recycling Day is a great opportunity for us to reflect on those everyday decisions that go into how we care for our planet, and we must recognise this isn’t a single day issue but rather a cultural mind-set of responsibility we must adopt. As social change agents, we owe our society’s young people the chance to grow in a caring and importantly sustainable world. It is only through taking meaningful positive action that we can protect our planet and help make our community a safe place in which the leaders of tomorrow can belong, contribute and thrive.”

Find out what you can recycle here: