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March 18, 2024: 7th Annual Global Recycling Day

Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.

Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recycling) saves over 700 million tons in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030.

We have the power to make lasting changes to combat this, and with recycling being recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, we are already seeing many individuals, governments and organizations taking direct action to support the global green agenda.


The Mission

The mission of Global Recycling Day, as set out by the Global Recycling Foundation, is twofold:

  1. To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.

  2. To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens, we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve. Source: Global Recycling Day website

This Year’s Theme

The Global Recycling Foundation is pleased to announce the theme of Global Recycling Day 2024 as #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognize the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future which will benefit all.


What Can We Do Here In The USA?

It’s pretty common knowledge by now that much of our recycling is in fact not recycled. For example, In April, the Environmental Protection Agency asked the Federal Trade Commission to modify the symbol that leads people to believe that certain plastics are always recycled.

“When it comes to plastics, recycling has been an abysmal failure, and only 5% to 6% of plastics actually gets recycled in the United States,” says Enck. (Source: wbur).

But what can you as a business to help encourage better recycling? Consider reaching out to local and state representatives in your area.

Encourage them to:

  • Create better legislature when it comes to recycling locally and nationally

  • Create local programs that will encourage businesses and residents to recycle

  • Create programs for schools to educate children on the necessity of recycling


Did you know?

American Shredding helps the environment by recycling — a lot. We recycled over 2 million pounds last month alone. Think about it: if you didn’t shred your paper, you might throw it away. And besides an ID theft nightmare that would mean tons more trash.


A ton of paper made from 100% recycled saves 17 trees, 7000 gallons water, 60 lbs air-polluting effluents, 4100 KWH electricity, and 3 cubic yards landfill space. So every time you shred and recycle a 20 lb file box, we save 1% of that.


And that makes a difference!

Want to do your part? Contact American Shredding to get started today!


American Shredding offers shredding and recycling services to help you protect your product brand and do your part to protect the planet. We can shred on-site at your location or off-site at our secure plant.

Contact us for fast scheduling, friendly staff, 100% recycling and low prices. We offer services in Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Washington states. See our list of cities here.

Need help with a recycling plan? Get a quote today!

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