Every year on March 18, Global Recycling Day is a recycling initiative that encourages us to look at our rubbish in a new perspective.

The Earth produces billions of tones of natural resources every year, which will eventually run out in the not-too-distant future.

That is why we must reconsider what we discard, viewing it as an opportunity rather than a waste. The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are currently during a climate emergency on unprecedented scales. We shall see continuous rising global temperatures, icecap melting, continents on fire, and widespread deforestation unless we make big and rapid adjustments. Increased poverty, immigration from displaced people, job losses, waste mountains, and the disappearance of natural habitats are all direct consequences of this factor.

Recycling is an important aspect of the circular economy since it helps to conserve natural resources. The 'Seventh Resource' (recyclables) saves about 700 million tons of CO2 each year, with that figure expected to rise to 1 billion tones by 2030. There is no doubt that recycling is at the forefront of the fight to safeguard our planet and humanity's future.

The Global Recycling Foundation is thrilled to announce that #RecyclingHeroes will be the subject of Global Recycling Day 2021. This award will honor the individuals, places, and activities that demonstrate the critical role recycling plays in ensuring a more environmentally stable planet and a brighter future for all.

Missions Of Global Recycling Day:-    

Global Recycling Day has a two-fold goal, according to the Global Recycling Foundation:

1.      To persuade world leaders that recycling is far too essential to be treated as a national issue, and that a coordinated, aid to recycling is highly needed.

2.      To ask people all around the world to think resource, not garbage, when it comes to the commodities they meet - until this happens, we won't be able to give recycled goods the genuine value and repurposing they deserve.

A Time For Action:-

Global Recycling Day, now in its fourth year, is a day dedicated to recognizing and promoting the significance of recycling in conserving our natural resources and ensuring our planet's future.

When considering the problem, it's possible to frame it as a supply issue. Humans have utilized more resources in the last 50 years than we have in all human history. We'll run out of the resources that only the earth can give sooner than we anticipate if we keep going at this pace.

We have an oversupply of a man-made resource that goes unmentioned: plastic. Every year, the globe creates around 380 million metric tons of virgin plastic, with 91 percent of it never being recycled. Worse, each year, between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic enter the oceans. Yes, it's in our drinking water—93 percent of Americans have BPA (a chemical used to create polycarbonate plastics) in their system, and we're believed to consume the equivalent of a credit card's worth of micro - plastics every week.

Deforestation is also a major issue; our planet's forests are logged for paper, pulp for cardboard packaging, and construction materials. Alternatively, they may be burned in the name of land management. As a result of the world's economic expansion, an estimated two-thirds of the world's tropical rainforests have been lost.

The exploitation of natural resources has aroused widespread concern around the world. Since it was designated as an UN-recognized day in 2018, millions of people and dozens of thousands of businesses have spoken out in support of Global Recycling Day.

Some materials can be reused several times thanks to a variety of recycling methods. Recycling is beneficial to both humans and the environment since it reduces energy use, improves water and air quality, and combats climate change.

It also cuts down on the use of fresh raw materials in the creation of new products, saving both cost and natural resources. Newspapers, plastic water bottles, soda cans, cereal boxes, and milk cartons are just a few examples of commonly recycled products. We can have a greater impact on the environment and our lives if we try to recycle objects that we normally toss away.

About the Author: Maham Noor is a student and a green blogger. She finds her interest in writing blogs related to environment and climate.