Wednesday 18th March 2020 is Global Recycling Day. The theme for the third Global Recycling Day is ‘Recycling Heroes’ and promotes people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in creating an environmentally stable planet.

Preserving the Earth’s Primary Resources

Global Recycling Day was created to celebrate the importance that recycling plays in preserving the earth’s primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals). Aiming to bring people together and champion ways to put our planet first, Global Recycling Day highlights the need to consider recyclable materials as resource rather than waste, celebrating the power of the ‘Seventh Resource’ – the goods we recycle every day.

Launched in 2018 by The Global Recycling Foundation, Global Recycling Day has so far reached over 600 million people across the world through activities and media hits in 2018 and 2019, with a target to reach one billion people by 2020. This success has also been accompanied by celebrations of around 50 Global Recycling Day events in six continents across the globe.

The Global Recycling Foundation

The Global Recycling Foundation supports the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world in order to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet. It promotes Global Recycling Day as well as other educational programmes, awareness projects and innovation initiatives which focus on the sustainable and inclusive development of recycling.

Ranjit Baxi, Founding President of the Global Recycling Foundation, says: “Through focusing on Recycling Heroes, the Global Recycling Foundation will encourage the world to look at the positive impact that individuals, communities and businesses are having on the future of our world, as well as highlight what still needs to be done.

Recycling heroes surround us every day, from the big names such as Greta Thunberg and Leonardo DiCaprio to the unknown heroes – like a couple from the UK who built a recycling centre on their driveway to inspire their local community to recycle unusual items. In 2020, the Global Recycling Foundation wants to showcase all of these heroes – big and small – along with businesses who are championing innovative recycling practices around the world.”

Making Pledges at PE1

PE1 is committed to recycling, upcycling and reusing wherever possible. In September last year, we hosted a popular event during Recycling Week. In conjunction with the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), visitors to PE1 could explore a 50-foot sperm whale whilst learning about the impact of plastic on sea life. At the same time, PECT promoted various ways to embark on a greener way of living – encouraging visitors to make ‘Cool Food pledges’ in order to lower carbon footprints and waste.

The event welcomed hundreds of people and saw over 60 pledges to the Cool Food initiative, potentially saving 25,352kg of CO2 and savings of £20,432.

To find out more, visit: A whale of a time.

PE1 looks forward to hosting similar events in the future.

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