For those who follow @Mums in Beirut on social media would realise the importance recycling has to our daily life and routine. Our hashtag #saynotoplastic says it all. As its National Recylcing Week, we want to share this article with you.
Recycling plays an important role in the life of a Mother. It is the setting stone in showing our kids and the new generation the importance it is for our community and the environment we live in.
Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards saving the environment. We must all recycle to keep Beirut Beautiful.
Recycling in your Home
Recycling can be done in 3 easy steps by remembering the 3 Rs: Recycle, Re-use and Reduce.
–RECYLE becomes a habit when you know how and what you can and cannot recycle. You can even get your kids involved too! Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. These need to be sorted in bins which then your municipality can use for recycling purposes. With kids at home, batteries can also be recycled, check out which centres provide this on the information sheet below.
–REUSE and reduce, when shopping at the supermarket make sure you bring along a reusable grocery bags. In Europe, it seems like more and more supermarkets have discontinued plastic bags, and switched to paper-only shopping bags. They have also set up discount incentives for customers to bring their own reusable bag. That’s because they have finally discovered the inconvenient truth about plastic bags: They’re rarely recycled. They’re made from petroleum oil and they’re an enormous harm to our environment. Applaud yourself if you are already doing this as a Mum and for being environmentally aware. But if you’re still using plastic bags at the check out, read the facts below and consider making the switch. Our world deserves to be treated better.
–REDUCE. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.
Most of plastic bags end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment. We clearly see a lot of this on our streets, and in our sea. It’s estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags, this is without mentioning that some of the residual plastic particles end up in our food chain. When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans. Buy products that have been made from recycled material.
You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.
Most Spinneys supermarkets have recyclable machine for plastic water bottles and we get the kids involved in recycling all the plastic bottles we have at home. For very 40 bottles you recycle either big or small, you receive a 2L Nestle water bottle so there is a reward for them at the end.
Recycling in your community
Following the waste “mis-management” crisis, please see the information gathered by the Lebtivity team with a list of all recycling centres and hubs in Lebanon. This is comprehensive list that you can share with your neighbours, friends, contacts, company, or municipality. Also check out what initiatives your schools have put in place for recycling as well as the business you work for.
Every effort you make will make a difference to our daily life and for the safe and healthy upbringing of our children. We should all ‘Love the streets you live in’.
We have seen a few recycling bins around Beirut, which is a great improvement but we still need more of them around. We also need to educate our Lebanese people not to litter and recycle part of every day life. It is important to bring awareness to our community and for keeping Beirut Beautiful for us and for the new generation.
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