What did you do for National Recycling Week?

This year’s National Recycling Week ran from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 of November, providing an opportunity for councils, schools, workplaces, and individuals to improve their knowledge of recycling and build better recycling habits.

National Recycling Week 2020

This is a week which is designed to educate and inspire Australians about recycling.

The annual campaign educates and stimulates behaviour change by promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives, and giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school. This year’s theme was ‘Recovery – A future beyond the bin’, encouraging people to value their resources and give them a second life, as well as reducing virgin resource use, reusing, and recycling.

What did you do? Or, what can you do now?

Did you make changes in your life last week? If not, what can you do this week?

What did you do for National Recycling Week? Did you speak to your boss about implementing better recycling options at work? If you own a business, did you make the decision to implement these yourself?

What about at home? How has your waste management changed?

Whatever it was, give yourself a pat on the back. Good job! How are you going to carry this forward to become part of your everyday life?

If you missed National Recycling Week, it’s not too late! Why not try to change some aspects of waste in your home or work life this week? Start small – if it’s too big, you won’t keep it up. Start small, and work your way to big. Any little bit helps.

And don’t just think about plastic and glass recycling – think organics, too. If you run a cafe or restaurant, why not switch to compostable packaging (see what we sell here), and have a look at BioPak’s Compost Service to find out how to have it collected, where it will decompose into compost and feed its nutrients back into the ground instead of decomposing in landfill and emitting methane to the atmosphere?

And remember that recycling is not the god-given answer to the resource crisis. Think about the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. Try to reduce and reuse, before recycling is even necessary.


Information taken from Planet Ark.

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