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18 March 2021

Today is Global Recycling Day: a day where the world comes together to recognise and celebrate the importance that recycling plays in preserving our natural resources and securing the future of our planet. And this year, the theme is #RecyclingHeroes.

To tell us more and share some great advice, we’re joined by Rebecca, who works in Camelot’s Corporate Responsibility Team...

Why is it important to reduce our waste?

Of the earth’s natural resources, we tend to think of six as the most important: Water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals.

All of these resources represent our existence on the planet. All our food and belongings come from these six elements. Today, humans can't live without them. These resources power the homes we live in, build the phones and laptops we use to talk to each other; they make and deliver the food we eat and the clothes we wear. The list of what they give us is endless. But these are quickly running out - and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

We are using the earth’s natural resources without thinking about what will replace them. We are hurting our planet by using up its resources but there is a simple solution that will help… A seventh resource; recycling. There are some amazing things we can make out of recycled materials which will help us to protect our planet.

How do we at Camelot play our part?

Did you know that all National Lottery products are recyclable? This includes National Lottery Scratchcards and play slips for draw-based games.

At Camelot, we are committed to ensuring that we minimise our negative impact and a big way we can contribute to this is through effective recycling - not only in our offices but also at our National Distribution Centre (NDC).

Here are some examples of the environmental initiatives in place across our offices and NDC:

  • 100% of glass waste is recycled and our dry mixed recycling is separated into card, plastic and metal (the plastic is converted into pellets for reuse)
  • Our general waste is converted into refuse derived fuel which is used to power energy plants
  • Our food waste is converted into gas, then electricity, and the residual waste/sludge is given to local farmers for compost
  • Our Scratchcard bags are now made with 30% post consumer waste material and we implemented the application of Forest Stewardship Council markings on all of our product packaging
  • All of our pallets are either recycled back to the supplier or collected by a local pallet recycler

What are some different types of recycling?

When you think of recycling, you probably think of putting paper, food and drink containers into a recycling bin, or food into a food waste bin. But, recycling isn’t just about putting things in the recycling bin - there’s an abundance of ways to recycle, upcycle and reuse materials.

What small changes can we all make to reduce our waste?

There are many ways you can make a difference on Global Recycling Day, but your contributions shouldn’t be limited to just one day. The Global Recycling Foundation encourages individuals to consider these questions to become better recyclers.

Why not start showing your support by forging better recycling habits with these handy tips:

  1. Consider alternatives to plastic. Whether it’s investing in a reusable coffee cup, trying a bamboo toothbrush or cutting out plastic straws, there are some easy ways to reduce plastic consumption.
  2. Donate or sell. Have you thought about donating unwanted items to charity shops, putting them in recycling containers or using second hand resellers? There are online sites and apps where you can sell your unwanted items such as clothes, household items, electronics, furniture, and children’s toys.
  3. Repair and reuse old things. Living in a ‘fast fashion’ culture, it’s easy to throw things away without considering how they could be reused. Think about mending, repairing or finding a new use for old belongings.
  4. Check local recycling policies. Many areas have different recycling rules and it’s important to be aware of what can and can’t be recycled.
  5. Avoiding food waste. Every year the world throws away millions of tonnes of food waste which can end up in landfill sites where it releases greenhouse gases such as methane. Fareshare works to redistribute surplus food to charities to turn into meals and Olio is a free sharing app where you will find millions of people giving away food and other household items for free.
  6. Consider the surprising things that can be recycled. Whether it’s mobile phones, cosmetics, glasses or keys, there’s a multitude of surprising everyday products that can be recycled. To find out more about recycling and what items can be recycled, visit The Waste and Resources Action Programme.

The recycling, reusing and upcycling options are endless. Happy Global Recycling Day!