The miss­ing piece of the re­cy­cling puz­zle

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

AS AUS­TRALIA’S pop­u­la­tion and waste lev­els con­tinue to rise, re­cy­cling mat­ters now more than ever. This year Planet Ark’s Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week from Novem­ber 13-19 high­lights why re­cy­cling is only part of the bat­tle.

To help win the war on waste, con­sumers and busi­nesses need to prop­erly close the re­cy­cling loop by pur­chas­ing prod­ucts that con­tain re­cy­cled con­tent.

Cur­rently the Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing econ­omy is pre­dom­i­nantly lin­ear, which can be sum­marised as “take, make, use and dis­pose”. This is not sus­tain­able. A cir­cu­lar econ­omy on the other hand, re­places “dis­pose” with “re­cy­cle, re­use and re­pur­pose” and keeps im­por­tant ma­te­ri­als from be­ing wasted in land­fill.

This year Planet Ark is also launch­ing a new an­nual event. Buy It Back Day on Novem­ber 18 (en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week through mind­ful pur­chas­ing by buy­ing some­thing sec­ond­hand or buy­ing a prod­uct made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. Shop­pers are in­vited to share their pur­chase on so­cial me­dia with a photo and hash­tags #BuyItBack and #Na­tion­alRe­cy­clingWeek.

Schools can take the Nat­u­rale Schools Re­cy­cle Right Chal­lenge with free, fun and in­ter­ac­tive teach­ing re­sources.

A school from each state and ter­ri­tory will win a Re­plas out­door seat made from re­cy­cled soft plas­tics worth $439.

Join the com­mu­nity’s war on waste and cel­e­brate Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.re­cy­cling­week.plan­e­tark.org or call the hot­line 1300 733 712.

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