Guide East Devon residents coronavirus update - 19 March 2021

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9. Recycling and Waste news

Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out.

That’s why we must think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but opportunity.

The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions.

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

East Devon District Council is dedicated to doing everything it can to support residents to recycle more. This month, the authority was even rated as tenth best in the country for recycling.

The theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 is #RecyclingHeroes. You can now nominate the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays.

We hope you will join us in marking Global Recycling Day, and its mission 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.

And, 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.

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