The missing piece of the recycling puzzle
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.