#InTheLoopGM, a new campaign highlighting the importance of a ‘circular economy’ has been launched in Great Manchester by Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) group, urging citizens to recycle products like aluminium cans, jars, etc., at home and reuse and repair whenever feasible. In terms of recycling, the people in Manchester are doing the right thing, but through this campaign, they want to ensure that more items are recycled to promote a greater circular economy.
Recycling conserves resources and energy; for example, recycling aluminium can consume 95 per cent less energy than manufacturing it from scratch. Aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles are all part of a large loop, which means they can be recycled repeatedly. Aluminium cans, glass bottles, and jars can be recycled indefinitely, and some of the recycled glass bottles and jars in your pantry might be up to 45 years old.
“Many people across Greater Manchester are already part of the circular economy by recycling the right stuff in the right bin at home, which is reducing waste by keeping things in use for as long as possible. Currently humans use up 1.8 earth’s worth of resources each year. This is having a very damaging impact on the environment and it’s vitally important we keep items in use for as long as possible, the more times an item is recycled, the better it is for the environment,” said Recycle for Greater Manchester.
The recycling rate in the region is now approximately 50 per cent. R4GMcollaborates with councils in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, and Trafford, however, Wigan operates its own services inside Greater Manchester. Suez UK is the trash contractor for Greater Manchester.
“Our paper and cardboard is recycled at a paper mill in Trafford, which could be back in the loop by the next week. Our food waste is transformed into compost in Todmorden, then used to grow crops down the road in Warrington. Aluminium cans start their new life in Warrington, then they can be back on the supermarket shelves in just six weeks. Our general waste is even transformed into energy at sites in Bolton and Runcorn and used to power homes and businesses,” said R4GM.
Many nations are streamlining their aluminium scrap collection, recovery, and recycling efforts because they see these as crucial steps towards achieving a circular and low-carbon economy. In addition to urging citizens to recycle, the campaign will employ training films to spread themes of repair and reuse. R4GM will also encourage locals to take advantage of Renew Shops.
“Greater Manchester recycling rates are already above 50%, but we know we can do more to help recycle, repair and reuse more items. Keeping things in use as long as possible by recycling, repairing and reusing waste is vitally important to help us reduce our impact on the environment and reduce our carbon emissions, but it also helps us all save money by reducing the amount we purchase and the amount of items we throw away,” stated Eamonn Boylan, R4GM chief executive lead for waste.