Be a good sort and recycle

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Buy recycled goods: Designer and National Recycling Week ambassador James Treble is encouraging consumers to close the recycling loop by buying products made from recycled materials.

Buy recycled goods: Designer and National Recycling Week ambassador James Treble is encouraging consumers to close the recycling loop by buying products made from recycled materials.

National Recycling Week will be held on November 13-19, 2017 and Planet Ark is encouraging everyone to be a good sort by recycling at their home, school or workplace.

Now in its 22nd year, Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week was founded to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling.

Recycling has become part of our everyday lives and it’s an industry that is continually evolving with new technology and innovations that manage our waste and help protect the environment.

This year’s theme, ‘What Goes Around: Why Buying Recycled Matters’, highlights why it’s so important to close the recycling loop.

When items are recycled, they are turned into new products (or base materials that can be made into new products), which reduces waste and saves resources.

The key to closing the recycling loop is for consumers and businesses to give their recycling another life by buying products made from recycled materials.

The good news is we are surrounded by these products; from drink bottles, shoes and clothing to chopping boards, toilet paper, furniture, carpet underlay, newspapers and many more. 

National Recycling Week is a great opportunity to find out what and where to recycle, what happens during the recycling process, and how to support the circular economy.

Popular National Recycling Week activities include:

Friday File Fling –  This is an opportunity to give your unwanted files the flick. Tonnes of high-quality office paper are currently stored away in the unused files of Australian workplaces, just waiting to be recycled and put back into circulation.

Set some time aside on Friday November 17 to declutter your filing cabinets, give used paper another life and raise office paper recycling rates.

Big Aussie Swap – Don’t want it? Swap it! The Big Aussie Swap is a fun and free way to help the environment. Bring along items you no longer want, exchange each item for a token, then swap the token for pre-loved items brought in by others. 

Schools Recycle Right  –  Schools around the country are invited to join the Schools Recycle Right Challenge, which offers a wide range of recycling-themed activities, lesson plans and event ideas with a particular focus on the journey of old mobiles and printer cartridges and the process of recycling paper. Resources have been developed to enable learning in a fun way.

These initiatives are designed to get schools, social or community groups and businesses recycling, in addition to the recycling actions people take at home.

Visit RecyclingWeek.PlanetArk.org or call the National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712 for further information about any of the National Recycling Week initiatives.

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