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The Global Recycling Foundation has recently announced the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 as #RecyclingHeroes. This is to allow them to recognise the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future that will benefit all.
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.
Here at K9 Nation, we couldn’t agree more and last year dog owners from all over the country took part in our first ever K9 Cleanup event on August Bank Holiday.
Although we couldn’t physically come together because of the pandemic we did so in spirit. Over the course of the long weekend we donned our protective rubber gloves, grabbed our rubbish bags and set off on our daily dog walks picking up rubbish as we went.
We can all remember back to the end of the first lockdown last year when everyone was venturing out and visiting beauty spots and unfortunately as a result the levels of rubbish laid around significantly increase.
Not only is this harmful to the planet but it poses a huge problem for our dogs and wildlife in general. Whether your dog has a tendency to eat everything they find or they have suffered from cut paws from broken glass, rubbish is a big problem!
Last year we decided we wanted to do something about it and so we rallied our fantastic K9 Nation community and harnessed the power of social media to spread the word.
Not only did we make a difference with the amount of litter that was collected but we also helped to raise £1000 for DogsTrust by giving people the chance to donate online and receive one of our K9 Cleanup kits as a thank you.
We are absolutely delighted to be announcing that this year we will once again be hosting the K9 Clean Up on August Bank Holiday weekend (28th – 30th ) and we would love for you to get involved and be our #RecyclingHeroes!
We will be publishing more information about the K9 Clean Up campaign over the coming weeks along with details of how you can get involved and our supporters so far.
We know that dog owners and dog walkers across the UK collectively walk many miles a day so if we all do a little bit here and there we know we have the power to make a huge difference.
If you are inspired by Global Recycling Day and don’t want to wait until the August bank holiday to take part and make a difference then here are some of our handy tips for getting started and staying safe.
“Whether your dog has a tendency to eat everything they find or they have suffered from cut paws from broken glass, rubbish is a big problem!”
It’s more important than ever to stay safe when you’re out and about. It’s now a part of everyone’s daily life to maintain a safe distance from others when out and about, but it’s worth a reminder every now and then.
When picking up litter we need to take further precautions as potentially harmful materials can be hidden underneath more unassuming litter. For this reason, it’s important not to pick things up with your bare hands. Gloves, or a litter picker, will help to protect your hands from anything that might do you harm.
If you find anything that looks particularly dangerous, anything sharp or hazardous, report it to your local authority.
Once you’ve collected the litter, it’s a good idea to sort out the bigger recyclables to try and help even more. Plastic bottles and glass can be sorted fairly easily and are accepted by most, if not all, council recycling bins.
“Gloves, or a litter picker, will help to protect your hands from anything that might do you harm.”
Don't Push Yourself
This campaign is about getting people to do little bits to help clean-up collectively. Don’t push yourself too far when you’re out picking up litter, you can only do so much!
If you notice an area with a large amount of litter or you see evidence of fly-tipping, report it to your local authority as they are likely better equipped to deal with it.
Make sure to wash your hands, when you’re all finished and treat yourself to a cup of tea and something sweet!
Don’t forget to take some selfies when you’re out contributing to the clean-up and make sure to tag us with #K9cleanup to help get more people involved.
Learn more about the K9 Clean Up campaign and stay up to date with this year’s efforts!