RECYCLING DAY 2019
May 17, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust
International 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. The theme of 2019 was ‘Recycling into the Future’ with the aim of driving awareness and pushing the urgency of recycling. Recycling (whether at an industrial level or within schools and home) can save more Carbon Dioxide emissions each year than those generated by the entire aviation industry, while simultaneously protecting the earth’s valuable natural resources.
Recycling Day is used as a catalyst to change the mind-set of governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world, to see recyclables as a resource and not waste. Without recycling, all our used and discarded tins, plastic bottles, packing boxes, old clothes, glass bottles and paper cups will contribute to the growing waste mountains, which are either burnt or sent to landfill – never to be used again. Without recycling, we have no option but to continue stripping the earth of her resources.
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme known as DEEP has taken an initiative to celebrate recycling day by hosting a Trashion Show at Masakhane Primary School to show that we can turn Trash into Treasure. This show was attended by the community members, Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises staff and the Masakhane learners and teachers.
We can turn the tide of plastic to a tide of hope if we all can play our part by doing the following:
- Minimizing single use plastic items
- Refusing waste
- Using long life shopper bags at supermarkets
- Refrain from helium balloons
- Participate in local beach clean ups and community clean ups
- Spreading the word.
We would like to thank Marine Dynamics for sponsoring of prizes for the learners, and Anza’s Music Production for the sound system.