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Seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen

Ahead of its second Global Recycling Day, 18 March 2019, the Global Recycling Foundation is asking children across the world to make better recycling practices one of their 2019 New Year’s resolutions. 

To help, a list of “seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen” has been created, which families, school and youth orientated clubs are being invited to download and share.

Youth and education is a key pillar of Global Recycling Day’s 2019 theme “Recycling into the Future” which was announced in October. Global Recycling Day 2019 will focus on the power of youth, education and innovation in ensuring a brighter future for the planet.

The seven recycling promises to become a global recycling citizen are:

  1. How can I use less plastics like straws and recycle more plastics like cold drink bottles?
  2. Am I making sure me and my family, and my school, follow our local recycling instructions?
  3. Am I doing all I can to make sure the stuff we recycle is dry, clean and in the right collection bins each week?
  4. Do I really need everything to be new – am I mending, repairing and reusing the things I own (e.g. clothes, toys, games)?
  5. How can I learn more about recycling, and how can I help my family and my friends also be more aware?
  6. Do I know how to recycle items when I no longer want them?
  7. Do I recycle packaging when I open and use new things?

The aim is for children, schools and families to download and use these as inspiring messages and motivators to helping the recycling industry.

Children are being asked to join a worldwide movement in the build up to Global Recycling Day 2019, and consider themselves as global recycling citizens, blazing a trail for a more sustainable future and a healthier planet.

Mpact Recycling, the leading paper and plastics recycler in South Africa has been a part of that journey for many years with its Ronnie Recycler schools & communities programme. The programme which was re-launched in 2014 with a green Ronnie (after Mpact demerged from Mondi in 2011 -previously an orange Ronnie) has impacted the lives of over 464,000 children in its national programme. The programme runs in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

For more information or to get your child’s school involved in recycling, visit; call 0800 022 112 or follow Mpact Recycling on Facebook and Twitter

And whilst there are hot topics in the recycling industry, from single use plastics to climate change and the circular economy. The promises also allow children to think about how they can be more involved in creating good recycling habits, and to get them thinking about this from a young age.

Due to the success of Global Recycling Day 2018 with over 13 million people across the world taking part in celebrations of the initiative, the brand new Global Recycling Foundation was launched by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) in October 2018. The Foundation will run as an independent organisation, as well as overseeing Global Recycling Day 2019, which is taking place on 18th March. Global Recycling Day is an international initiative aimed at raising awareness of the need to recycle in preserving the future of the planet.

Source: Global Recycling Foundation