Recycling is something we can all do to help protect the environment and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. It’s relatively easy to do and it keeps materials circulating for as long as possible. This is especially important for rare, scarce or non-renewable materials that are limited in availability or are finite.
We are all use to recycling at home, at school or at work in some way, and it’s important to maintain that activity and ‘recycle right’ whether its beverage containers, paper, plastics or organics.
The more we can reduce, reuse and repair, the more waste we can avoid well ahead of needing to recycle, so it’s important to keep the waste hierarchy in mind when we’re shopping i.e. avoid, reduce, reuse, repair and recycling. By applying all of these solutions and measures throughout our daily lives, we can start the shift towards a Circular Economy, whereby we ensure material cycles are restorative, regenerative, low carbon, close loop and positive for the environment.
Designing out waste from the outset is one of the essential principles of a Circular Economy. Visit the Ellen MacArthur Foundation website, if you’re interested in how the Circular Economy can help achieve a sustainable future.