National Recycling Week
In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week as a community
education and media campaign. The aim was to bring a national focus to
recycling and the broader themes of minimising waste and managing material
The need for National Recycling Week has never been greater. OECD figures show Australia to be one of the world’s biggest per capita producers of waste - at an alarming rate of 2.25 kilograms per person per day.
National Recycling Week has dual purposes. The first is to raise awareness of how recycling helps to reduce our impact on the environment. Recycling reduces the amount of water, energy and new materials that we use to support our lifestyle. Making an aluminium can from recycled material, for example, uses 95% less energy than making one from raw material. Lowering energy use and therefore carbon emissions is one of many ways that recycling helps to tackle climate change.
The second aim of National Recycling Week is to encourage individuals and businesses to recycle more and recycle better.
National Recycling Week provides us all with an opportunity to improve our recycling habits, learn about what we can recycle and how to recycle properly, and find out about new recycling trends and programs.