National Recycling Day is a global initiative recognized on November 15. The purpose of the day is to avoid waste from entering landfills and instead recycle, reducing pollution and environmental impact. Here’s all you need to know about National Recycling Day and how you can celebrate it.
Importance of National Recycling Day
Recycling is an ancient concept going back centuries. From the development of using mungo and shoddy rags as cleaning materials and the dustmen of old England, recycling has been out there for a while.
However, recycling has never been more important than it is now. The use of metals, chemicals, and non-biodegradable materials like plastics is on the rise. Since these materials aren’t biodegradable, they enter landfills and stay there for hundreds of thousands of years. This waste also enters oceans, causing water pollution. Many people get rid of it by burning it, resulting in air pollution.
Recycling this waste is the only way to reuse it without causing any pollution. National Recycling Day aims to inform and educate people about the benefits of recycling and how to do it right. Earlier, this event was limited to the US only but has become a global initiative now.
Benefits of Recycling
Various waste materials, like paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, and metal aren’t biodegradable. Recycling these materials has many benefits, like:
- It reduces air and water pollution, thereby improving air and water quality.
- Recycling uses anaerobic digestion to produce biogas and facilitates the generation of energy.
- When waste materials enter landfills, they deteriorate the quality of the soil. Recycling helps preserve soil quality.
- It reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, thereby reducing the impact of global warming.
How to Observe National Recycling Day
There are several ways to observe and celebrate National Recycling Day. Here are a few things you can do.
If you are new to the concept of recycling and its benefits, the first thing you can do is start educating yourself about its benefits and how it’s done. This way, you’ll be able to realize its benefits and how it helps the environment.
Once you learn about recycling and its advantages, start spreading the world. Many people don’t know how important recycling is. Inform your friends, family members, and other people in your circle about the importance of recycling.
Start recycling yourself. You can install your own small recycling plant where you can recycle waste products like plastic bottles, plastic bags, and other waste products.
You can do only so much alone. Find charities in your area working towards promoting recycling. Support them by either donating money or volunteering. Every small help matters.
Recycling is crucial in today’s age when the use of non-biodegradable materials is increasing rapidly. It helps reduce population and also contributes to the production of energy. National Recycling Day is a global initiative that increases awareness of recycling. You, too, can celebrate this day by learning about recycling, educating others, recycling yourself, or supporting charity causes.