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Mpact Recycling gives thumbs-up to Global Recycling Day

The theme of this year’s Global Recycling Day on 18 March is #RecyclingHeroes. It recognises the people, places and activities that showcase how the Seventh Resource and recycling contribute to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future for all.

Global Recycling Day is an important initiative by the Bureau for International Recycling (BIR). The BIR manifesto “Recycling: The Seventh Resource Manifesto,’ calls on the global populations to regard recycling as earth’s seventh ‘natural’ resource, along with water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals. The BIR cites climate change as the planet’s overriding environmental issue. “The recycling industry is playing a pivotal role in combating the effects of climate change.”

Closer to home, recycling’s (made up of both Mpact Recycling and Remade Recycling) - contribution can be seen in its annual collections of over 500,000 tonnes of recyclables including paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and cans every year. All recovered paper material is supplied to our Mpact paper mills to be manufactured back into paper. This is then used to manufacture innovative board products, which are sold to the South African packaging industry. Other collected materials are sold to other recycling industry partners for processing into products and packaging.

The environmental benefits can be felt - not only does recycling reduce CO2 emissions and ensure recyclables do not end up going to landfill – but right here in South Africa, we recycle about 1.2 million tonnes of paper per year (according to the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa, 2020), which equates to about 219 soccer pitches’ worth of paper that doesn’t end up in the landfills, and instead is recycled into a variety of paper and packaging products.

Recycling helps to fulfil several objectives including combating climate change head on; boosting local employment; and conserving primary resources.  To help spread the message and to highlight the importance of a global approach to recycling, on social media, supporters of the Global Recycling Day are encouraged to use #GlobalRecyclingDay.

Want to do your part, here in South Africa? Support a local school or community that is part of the Mpact Recycling programme by simply dropping off recyclable material such as white paper, cardboard boxes and cartons, newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, and even old books where you see the big green Ronnie banks.

Alternatively stay up to date by following us on social media @MpactRecycling @RemadeRecycling https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/about/