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Recycle Awareness Week – September 16-22, 2024

Recycle Awareness Week is celebrated every year during a full week from September 16 to 22. This week-long holiday provides an excellent opportunity for people all over the world to come together and support the noble cause of recycling. It only takes a quick glance around the house to determine which items can be recycled. Instead of throwing things away, separate recyclable materials such as paper, green and brown bottles and jars, hard plastic bottles, and juice and milk cartons, and send them for recycling. It is a simple and effective way to make the world a better place.

History of Recycle Awareness Week

Did you know that recycling has been around for a long time? People have been recycling since ancient times. The earliest record of paper recycling dates back to 1031 in Japan. During the Heian Period, private estate owners built paper mills, and they reused waste paper to save materials and maximize output. In 1690, America’s first paper mill in Philadelphia used old fabrics, clothes, cotton, and linen to make recycled paper.

This mill was in operation until the mid-1800s. During the American Revolutionary War in 1776, the statue of King George III in New York City was demolished, melted, and converted into bullets to aid the war effort. The statue produced approximately 42,088 bullets, and it could have produced more if the head had not been removed and mob members had not requisitioned other parts of the statue.

In 1813, in Batley, West of Yorkshire, Benjamin Law invented the shoddy process, which creates recycled wool from old clothes and rags. Law organized the collection of rags, ground all rags, and re-spun it into a yarn. This industry expanded quickly, and by 1860, Batley had produced over 7,000 tonnes of recycled wool. New York City established its first materials recovery facility in 1897. This enabled the materials to be sorted and separated on the spot, allowing recyclable materials to be recovered.

Recycle Awareness Week timeline

Earliest Record of Paper Recycle

Private estate owners build paper mills and reuse waste paper to conserve materials and maximize output.

America’s First Paper Mill

America’s first paper mill, in Philadelphia, produces recycled paper from old fabrics, clothes, cotton, and linen.

England Passes the Household Waste Recycling Act

By 2010, it will be mandatory for local authorities in England to collect at least two types of recyclable materials from households.

Dell Free Recycling Programme

In the U.S., Dell becomes the first company to provide free recycling for its products.

Recycle Awareness Week FAQs

What is Recycling Week?

It is an annual celebration to promote and spread awareness about the benefits of recycling.

How do you do a zero waste week?

Organize and plan what you need to buy, and keep track of what you waste a lot.

What is World Recycling Day?

It is celebrated on May 18 annually to promote recycling.

Recycle Awareness Week Activities

  1. Hold a recycle drive

    Organize a recycling drive and invite your neighborhood. Don’t forget to ask them to bring materials like paper and plastic to recycle.

  2. Spread awareness

    Spread awareness about the importance of recycling. Pass the message to as many people as possible through word of mouth or on social media.

  3. Read up on recycling

    Read up about ‌recycling. Learn about the countless benefits we can enjoy by recycling and how this act can also save our planet!

5 Interesting Facts About Recycling

  1. Recycling cardboard saves oil

    Recycling one ton of cardboard can save 46 gallons of oil.

  2. Retailers also recycle

    Cardboard is recycled by 80% of retailers.

  3. Recycling saves energy

    When compared to making new cardboard, recycled cardboard uses 75% less energy.

  4. Glass can be recycled completely

    Glass can be 100% recycled.

  5. Recycling plastic takes less energy

    Recycling plastic uses 88% less energy than manufacturing it from scratch.

Why We Love Recycle Awareness Week

  1. It is the week to spread awareness

    This week encourages us to spread recycling awareness. We should share this information with friends and family members and get them to also read about the importance recycling holds when conserving our planet.

  2. It promotes good habits

    Recycling is a good habit. By forming this habit and making it part of your daily routine, you will be one of many contributing to the well-being of our environment.

  3. It helps the planet

    It helps in controlling waste. This is extremely beneficial to the planet as it encourages us to go eco-friendly.

Recycle Awareness Week dates

2022September 19Monday
2023September 19Tuesday
2024September 16Monday
2025September 15Monday
2026September 21Monday

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