With New Year’s resolutions on the cards for 2017, but with the possibly of good intentions being quickly forgotten and old habits sneaking in unnoticed, why not rather implement easy “green” behaviours that are as simple as they are beneficial. Unlike sticking to a restrictive diet or exercise regime, recycling resolutions – can quickly be adopted and maintained in the long-term with minimal effort.
Glass packaging is 100% recyclable and can be recycled infinitely, so instead of sitting in the bin, your glass could easily go to a glass bank as part of its journey to being recycled to create an entirely new glass packaging container.
As a nation, 80% of the glass South Africans use annually is prevented from entering landfill, through both recycling and the use of returnable bottles like glass quart bottles and cool drink bottles.
But recycling rate is only at 41% and so, with regards to recycling we still have lots of room for growth. The Glass Recycling Co (TGRC) is calling on South Africans to adopt and commit to recycling behaviours that will further increase local recycling rates. Imagine the positive impact of increasing our country’s recycling levels to 50% – a target South Africa is not far off! Compared to a decade ago when the rate prior to the establishment of TGRC, was a lowly 18%!
To simplify your recycling routine, make a list of all the items you use regularly in your home that can be recycled, and put it on the fridge as a reminder for every household member. Place a clearly marked glass recycling bin next to your regular rubbish bin, and when it’s full, just take it to your nearest glass bank, which can be found online at www.tgrc.co.za or by smsing ‘GLASS’ and your suburb to 32310 (for example, if you live in Rivonia, sms Glass Rivonia) R1.00 per sms.
These steps, while seemingly insignificant, will all ultimately help address the challenge of climate change which demands a serious response for meaningful change to be achieved. To further motivate your family, download a carbon calculator and find out how much energy you save by recycling your glass containers; encourage your family to reduce your quotas and get them working towards a target..
A trip to the glass bank is not the only change you can make in your recycling journey. Make sure you continue to make environmentally friendly purchasing decisions by shopping for products packaged in glass – a substance that can indefinitely be recycled and with your help, won’t end up in a landfill. By giving a boost to your recycling routine, you can pave the way to a happier, cleaner environment for you and your family for years to come. For more information, visit The Glass Recycling Company’s website www.tgrc.co.za on Twitter (@TGRC) on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheGlassRecyclingCo).