Recycle – waste sorting and recycle
Recycling means any recovery operation taking place after collection and by which waste materials are reprocessed into products, materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes. It includes the reprocessing of organic material but does not include energy recovery and the reprocessing into materials that are to be used as fuels or for backfilling operations.
Recycle materials to put them back in the product loop and save resources!
In order to ensure that waste materials get recycled, selective collection and the sorting of waste is essential. Successfully establishing selective collection schemes and encouraging citizens to sort their waste are thus crucial for improving recycling rates.
On this page you will find a comprehensive selection of ideas for actions you can implement during the EWWR with focus on waste sorting and recycling. In addition, we invite you to have a look at the case studies of successful recycle actions implemented in the past editions of the EWWR.
Ideas for actions – Recycling:
- Exhibition or information booth to inform about the environmental, social and economic impact of waste, particularly about incineration and landfill, and the need to waste sorting and recycling;
- Developing easily understandable sorting guides for households and distribute them amongst your target audience;
- Introduce waste sorting at work, in schools, in public spaces (supported by sorting games);
- Screening of awareness-raising movies about waste and resource scarcity, followed by a discussion and concrete everyday tips for the audience;
- Site visits at recycling and composting sites, followed by a discussion;
- Movie competition on raising-awareness for the necessity of waste sorting and recycling;
- Recycling workshop/competition;
Whatever kind of action you are implementing: Remember to take pictures and videos and to use what you’ve achieved to develop exhibitions to show the results and to publish via all channels available (media, print, information booth, social media etc.).
Why is recycling important?
Recycling reduces the amount of waste that is landfilled or incinerated and secures that waste material, after being transformed, forms part in manufacturing new products. Through recycling, waste constitutes a source of secondary raw material. Recycling therefore helps to decrease the use of material and energy resources and reduces pollution and natural capital degradation.
Benefits of Recycling
- Reduces the amount of waste and resources lost in landfills or burnt;
- Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
- Saves energy needed to make new products from raw material;
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
- Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.