Recycling is something that many of us have learned from a young age, either at school or through our parents. My family has been recycling and composting for as long as I can remember and I am glad that they instilled the importance of this practice in me from a young age.
There are many ways in which we can help protect our planet as responsible global citizens and choosing to recycle is one of them. We all live together on this planet and recycling our waste is so important to keeping it looking beautiful and healthy. I believe that it’s important to be mindful about how our actions affect the environment and nature. We have the power to either harm or protect the planet, so why not choose to protect?
Why Recycling Matters
Canadians produce a lot of trash. Beverage containers made from plastic, glass or paper are huge contributors to the garbage that we produce and are polluting our landfills and harming the environment.
When more people choose to recycle, it has a huge positive impact on the environment and the lives of many animals. As someone who believes in sustainable living, I feel that recycling is an important thing that we can all choose to do.
Here are some positive things that happen when we recycle our empty beverage containers:
- We protect and preserve the environment – When we recycle our containers instead of throwing them in the trash or littering, the materials from our waste can be transformed to create new products. New cans can be made from recycled aluminum and it can also be used in the building of bicycles and airplanes. Plastic bottles can be turned into new containers, pens, clothing and carpet and recycled glass bottles can be used to make new counter-tops, tiles and flooring. That is pretty awesome! Your used containers can take on a new form and have a second life when you recycle them, which reduces the demand for more raw materials from the earth.
- We keep waste out of landfills – Our landfills are quickly filling up but when we choose to recycle what we can, we reduce the amount of waste that ends up there, which is great!
- Reduces pollution – Recycling our beverage containers reduces pollution by reusing materials from our used containers and creating new products.
- Keeps our communities clean and green – Most of us enjoy a clean living environment and littering is detrimental to this goal. Choosing to recycle keeps our communities looking healthy and green.
- Instills healthy habits – Making the choice to recycle helps to instill good healthy habits in us which can extend to other areas of our lives.
Recycling is a simple practice and it’s something that we can all choose to do. I believe that we all need to start (or continue) being more responsible about we dispose of our plastics, aluminum and glass and really think about how it effects the environment and animals on our planet.
We can change the world, one small step at a time, by practicing conscious consumerism and being mindful about the impact of our actions.
Simple Recycling Tips
Here are some tips to help get you started recycling!
- Know what items can be recycled – Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, and juice boxes and cartons can all be recycled.
- Recycle on-the-go – We should recycle everywhere we go, not just at home. Recycle Everywhere is an organization in Manitoba which makes it super easy to recycle your beverage containers on the go. Their street team attends a variety of music festivals and events throughout the year in the province and they have large and visible blue bins set up everywhere, so there’s no excuse to throw your used containers in the trash or the ground! I always see these bins around when I attend summer events at home and I think that being visible is a great way to encourage people to dispose of their containers properly.
- Start recycling at your workplace – The workplace is a fantastic place to start recycling and your choice might influence your fellow co-workers to start their recycling practice as well! You can request free bins from Recycle Everywhere at this link. You could even head-start a recycling program at your workplace and get everyone involved to increase the positive impact! Once you have the bins, place them in high traffic areas and send out an email to your co-workers or put up posters to educate them about this program you are starting.
- Recycle at school and make it fun! – If you are a teacher or work in a school, you know how important it is to teach the children of our next generation good habits and healthy practices. Recycling is an excellent practice to implement in schools to help get kids thinking about the environment and making a positive impact from an early age. If you register your school with Recycle Everywhere in Manitoba, you can get recycling bins and other fun promotional materials to get kids excited about recycling.
Everyone benefits when we choose to recycle our beverage containers. It helps keep our streets, parks and public spaces clean, lessens the clutter of plastics and glass in our landfills which could be reused to make new products, and helps our environment to stay healthy.
Recycling is simple and has far-reaching positive impacts. I encourage you to make 2017 the year where you start a recycling practice, whether it be at home, at school, in your workplace or all of the above. It feels good to do good and you have the power to make a change!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Recycle Everywhere, a program implemented in Manitoba, Canada by the non-profit organization Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association. They work hard to promote the recycling of empty beverage containers throughout Manitoba and their large blue bins can be prominently seen at festivals and events all around the province. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
As always, the opinions and beliefs expressed are completely my own and I am a strong believer in the importance of recycling as a regular practice.
Thanks for reading!