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Global Recycling Day 2023

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What is Global Recycling Day?

Global Recycling Day is an annual event held on March 18th that aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to promote the idea of a circular economy. The day is a global initiative that brings together individuals, communities, businesses, and governments from around the world to encourage the recycling of waste materials and to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and oceans.

The purpose of Global Recycling Day is to highlight the role that recycling plays in conserving natural resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating jobs in the recycling industry. The day is also an opportunity to encourage individuals and businesses to take action to reduce their waste and increase their recycling efforts.

Global Recycling Day was first celebrated in 2018 and has since become an annual event that is recognised by individuals and organisations around the world. The day is organised by the Global Recycling Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to promoting recycling and the circular economy.


Who are the Global Recycling Foundation?

The foundation's mission is to educate individuals and businesses about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of recycling, and to encourage greater investment in recycling infrastructure and technology.

The Global Recycling Foundation organises events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to promote best practices in the recycling industry. The foundation is supported by a global network of partners, including businesses, governments, NGOs, and academic institutions, who share its commitment to promoting sustainable waste management practices.

The Global Recycling Foundation is based in London, UK, and is led by a board of directors who have expertise in the fields of recycling, waste management, and sustainability.


How do DCTUK contribute to the environment?

At DCTUK, we're committed to doing our part for the planet, just like everyone else. That's why we've teamed up with Tarkett on their "Restart" recycling programme.

Tarkett collects discarded flooring from installation jobs, recycles it, and turns it into a new resource. It's a great way to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste going to landfills - up to 38% of landfill volume, in fact.

By participating in the programme, we're proud to say that we're not contributing to this growing problem. Since 2010, over 102,000 tonnes of flooring, including vinyl, linoleum, and carpet, have been collected and recycled through ReStart® in Europe and North America. The recycling process is simple, and even our fitters are doing their part now too.


What is ReEntry?

Maybe you want to spruce up your space and add a bit of oomph! It's all part of making the space your own, but have you ever stopped to think about what happens to the old carpet tiles that you're replacing? Unfortunately, many nearly new carpet tiles end up in landfills, even though they're still in great condition. But with the ReEntry program, that doesn't have to be the case.

DCTUK has partnered with Interface and their ReEntry scheme to keep "waste" out of landfills. Instead, the carpet tiles are sent to End Furniture Poverty, a Liverpool-based organisation that helps people and families who are struggling with furniture poverty.

By partnering with Interface and DCTUK, they're also able to provide these nearly new carpet tiles to people in need for their homes. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved - we keep the carpet tiles out of landfills, and we're able to help the surrounding community. It's a fantastic initiative that we're proud to be a part of!

Our Delivery Service

We may only have a little warehouse based in Liverpool but we send out a LOT of orders throughout the week, which is why we’ve chosen one of the greenest delivery services in the UK to reduce our carbon footprint.

DPD provides a “clean, green, delivery service” and they have been making some serious moves to help our planet. They’re already adding more electric vehicles to their fleet which reduces the amount of carbon dioxide polluting the air, they’re going green with their packaging which is 100% recyclable and 100% of their waste avoids landfill and is reused to create new goods like sweaters, sleeping bags and carpets.

Thanks for giving back to our industry DPD.


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