18th of March was Global Recycling Day. It was launched in 2018 to recognise the importance of recycling in conserving valuable primary resources. The Global Recycling Foundation's aim is to highlight to policymakers around the world the urgency of a joined-up approach to the global issue of recycling, and to encourage consumers to view used goods as recyclables rather than waste.
Various media have used the day to compile current recycling successes. The magazine Plastverarbeiter, for example, summarises what it considers to be the most exciting news items, including the annual report on transparency in packaging recycling by the Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister, which shows a trend reversal, and mechanical and chemical recycling technologies. Read more (in German language) at: www.plastverarbeiter.de.
The initiative "Mülltrennung wirkt" uses the day for a film premiere: "Tobi Krell explains: the right waste separation". In the film with Krell, known as Checker Tobi from the TV programme of the same name, children and young people in particular, but not only, learn how they can make packaging recycling possible in the first place with correct waste separation and thus effectively protect resources and the climate. The video lasts less than 18 minutes and can be viewed here (German language).
On the occasion of Global Recycling Day, the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) draws attention to a project of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (Wuppertal) and the Verbraucher Initiative (Berlin), which is funded by the foundation and which should lead to less plastic waste and more recycling. The Club for Sustainable Packaging Solutions, which was founded for this purpose, has examined separation and sorting behaviour on the basis of diverse packaging from random household samples and now wants to derive recommendations for practice from this in a second step. According to project manager Stephan Schaller, the aim is to provide retailers and manufacturers with solutions for implementing the circular economy in the best possible way with regard to customers. Read more (in German language) at www.dbu.de.
- innovations-report.de (17.3.2021)
- plastverarbeiter.de, mülltrennung-wirkt.de (18.3.2021)