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Educate

For any scheme to operate a primary component must be the education of our future generations.

Children from a very early age learn by example. Environmental education must be promoted through Parents, Schools, Colleges, University, the Press, TV and of course, Social Media.

A key part of implementing any waste strategy is raising public awareness through education programs, including actions the public can contribute, such as community recycling points and new collection schemes.

There will be a need to increase the professional development of the waste industry in the MENA region. This can be done using a range of methods but should also include the introduction of environmental studies in all levels of education from schools to University levels.

Wood, food waste, paper, plastic, metal, tires, cardboard, garden waste, vehicles, clothing, the list of recyclable items is endless.

Key stakeholders such as government bodies must support the development of a Public Awareness and Education (PA&E) Campaign to encourage greater participation by the public in Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling of the municipal waste they produce.

The perceptions of waste as waste must change, Countries and National Governments in the MENA region are throwing away MILLIONS of dollars of income each year.

Increased education and training will be critical to encouraging greater participation by members of the public and business in effective waste management skills. 

Gogreen2030 can produce and deliver waste education programs for all levels of society, give us a call or drop us an email, let's reduce, reuse, and recycle together.

Plastic by Numbers (1 thru 7)

The chasing arrows recycle symbol does not necessarily mean you will be able to recycle the item.
The resin code inside, numbers 1 to 7 indicate a type of plastic.

1 - PET
Polyethylene Terephthalate

2 - HDPE
High-Density Polyethylene

3 - PVC
Polyvinyl Chloride

4 - LDPE
Low-Density Polyethylene

5 - PP
Polypropylene

6 - PS
Polystyrene

7 - Other
BPA, Polycarbonate and LEXAN

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Examples of plastic numbers on various items, yoghurt pot, washing up liquid, hand sanitizer, water bottle, milk bottle cap, egg cartons, etc.

So what plastic can you recycle?

"1" signifies that the product is made out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
PET is one of the most commonly used plastics in consumer products, and is found in most water and pop bottles, and some packaging. It is intended for single-use applications.
Widely recycled.
 
"2" signifies that the product is made out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
HDPE plastic is the stiff plastic used to make milk jugs, detergent and oil bottles, toys, and some plastic bags. 
Widely recycled.

"3" signifies that the product is made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
PVC is a soft, flexible plastic used to make clear plastic food wrapping, cooking oil bottles, teething rings, and blister packaging for myriad consumer products.
PVC is dubbed the “poison plastic” because it contains numerous toxins.
NOT widely recycled.

"4" signifies that the product is made out of low-density polyethylene (LDPE).
Shrink wraps, dry cleaner garment bags, squeezable sauce bottles, plastic grocery bags used in most stores today are made using LDPE plastic. Countries are banning single-use plastic bags. 
It is becoming more widely recycled.

"5" signifies that the product is made out of polypropylene (PP).
Plastic bottle tops, margarine and yogurt containers, potato chip bags, buckets, bins, and trays. 
It is becoming more widely recycled.

"6" signifies that the product is made out of polystyrene (PS).
Plastic utensils, Styrofoam, cafeteria trays, and food packaging. Beaches all over the world have bits of polystyrene lapping at the shores, and an untold number of marine species have ingested this plastic with immeasurable consequences to their health.
NOT widely recycled.

"7" signifies that the product is made out of other plastics, acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, and polylactic acid (PLA).  These plastics are used to make baby bottles, sippy cups, water cooler bottles, and car parts.
NOT widely recycled.