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World Recycling Day

World Recycling Day

World Recycling Day is celebrated today, 17 May.

With the aim of making us all aware of the great importance of this habit in our daily lives, and how it influences the future of our planet and the environment.

 

But what is recycling?

Recycling is the process of transforming used waste into new raw materials that can be re-used for any other need.

Recycling plastics, glass, paper or other materials is increasingly a habit in some countries around the world, and even in countries such as Australia or Brazil, citizens are rewarded with credit for public transport or household electricity.

In some autonomous communities in Spain, the Recicla App is used, in which citizens take photos of their materials in front of the bin of the corresponding recycling colour and in this way accumulate money that can later be paid into their bank account.

The 3R rule of recycling

We all know that the three r's rule of recycling is the key to reducing the amount of waste we generate and to actively caring for the environment.

The three r's rule of recycling

  • ReduceWhen we talk about reducing, we are referring to those materials and products that we should try to consume less, i.e. reduce the consumption of everything we consume and the waste that this generates.
  • ReuseBy this we mean giving a second life or a second use to as many products or materials as possible. This helps to reduce the volume or amount of waste we generate, but also helps the economy of the house, avoiding buying other items.
  • RecycleThe latter task is the process we put the materials through so that they can be reused.

Recycling Day is a day that reminds us, once again, of the need to curb the generation of waste that we humans generate and that is so damaging to the planet.

It is also worth noting the toxicity that this waste generates and that is so harmful to our health. Each citizen of the world generates around 1kg of waste per day, which means 365kg of waste per person, per year.

60% of this waste is made up of packaging and packaging that is mostly single-use. This packaging is made from non-renewable raw materials or from materials which, although renewable, are exploited at a faster rate than the rate at which they are regenerated.

It is also important to note that our homes produce a large part of the waste derived from solvents, insecticides, cleaning products, paints, etc. This waste is one of the causes of water and soil pollution.

How can you recycle at home in the simplest way?

There are many ways to recycle quickly at home, but today we'll leave you with a few tips that will make your day-to-day life easier.

1. Separate your rubbish at source! If you place small recycling bins with each type of rubbish in your home, it will be easier for you to separate your rubbish and dispose of it in the appropriate bin. But what are the colours of the recycling bins?

– El YELLOW CONTAINER is for plastic bottles and containers, metal containers (such as cans, aerosols, deodorants, etc.) and juice or milk cartons. This container should not be used for bottles, soothers or plastic toys. In other words, only packaging should be deposited in this container.

- In the green container all glass items, such as bottles, jars, jars... Please note that it is important to differentiate between glass and crystal, as glass items, such as light bulbs, glasses, etc. must go to clean points or collection centres.

– El BLUE CONTAINER is used to recycle only paper and cardboard packaging, such as shoeboxes, wrapping paper, office paper, etc. The most frequent confusion with this container is to dispose of briks made up of cardboard and plastic, which should go in the yellow container, as we saw earlier.

- In the brown containeralso known as the organic bin, is where food waste or used napkins are deposited. But what is the use of this waste? Food waste is used to make compost, fertiliser or as an energy-generating material.

2. Make all those who live with you aware of the great importance of recycling! If you do not live alone, this should be a team task, together with all members of the household.

3. Do some cleaning! Once a month, or on a regular basis, you can clear out unused items that are taking up space in your home.

What are the environmental benefits of recycling?

It is common knowledge that recycling contributes enormously to preventing the deterioration of our planet. Why? Because by recycling we avoid the overproduction of materials and the pollution that this generates.

  • Less energy is consumed, as no new materials are produced and there is no need to transport them, which greatly reduces the energy use of these processes.
  • CO2 emissions into the atmosphere are reduced, so we also reduce the greenhouse effect and contribute to stopping climate change.
  • We save a lot of natural resources.
  • We protect and preserve the natural habitat of many species living in the areas most affected by the collection of raw materials.

How does Verde Esmeralda contribute to the care of the environment?

We use natural and environmentally friendly products, thus providing everything necessary for our olive trees to be healthy and strong. We pay special attention to the health of the leaves, as these are the main engine of photosynthesis.

We also have a thorough control of irrigation. When a tree does not have enough water in the soil, absorption by the root system is reduced, thus reducing photosynthesis. Using the most advanced technology, we control the water status of our olive trees and apply the appropriate amount of water at all times.

On the other hand, we take care to protect our olive trees from pests, but always with the utmost respect for the environment and care for the quality of the fruit. Either by mass trapping with the release of natural enemies, we achieve total control without the use of chemical products.

In terms of biodiversity, at Verde Esmeralda we have started by adapting the irrigation ponds, installing different types of floating islands that favour the settlement and nesting of aquatic birds. With this project we have turned our artificial irrigation ponds into an oasis for endangered waterfowl such as the coot, teal, duckling and stork.

We have also planted vegetation in the irrigation ponds, thus solving the problems of algae explosion in an ecological way by allowing the marsh vegetation and submerged aquatic vegetation to grow. In this way we have been able to solve the problems of clogged pipes, and we have managed to allow invertebrate and vertebrate animals to settle in our pond.

The quality of the water has improved with the planting of the vegetation as the water is more oxygenated, suspended solids are fixed and mainly nutrients are removed, preventing the explosive growth of algae.

On the other hand, we have also set up breeding areas for amphibians and reptiles, as well as installing drinking troughs for birds inside our enclosure.

These are just some of our contributions to the environment, if you want to know a little more about our history and our way of caring for the planet, we tell you all about it here!

Remember that the mission of the International Recycling Day is to highlight the fundamental aspects of recycling and to raise awareness of the reasons to carry out this practice in our daily lives, as well as to claim and promote the need to reduce the waste we generate.

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