The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, each with a theme, or
topic. By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and
action on these issues. Some of these you’ve probably heard of, days like World Cancer Day and
World Environment Day are pretty well known. Others such as International Jazz Day or British
Yorkshire Pudding Day significantly less so.

June 5th marks World Environment Day so naturally I’m here to tell you all about it: the purpose of
the day is to raise awareness about the environment and how to protect our planet. We are all
encouraged to do something beneficial for the Earth every day but especially on June 5th . You can do
it alone or with friends, the important thing is to take action to make our planet a better place.

World Environment Day was established keeping in mind the importance of educating people about
issues such as deforestation, overpopulation, pollution and climate change and how they affect our
environment. The first World Environment Day was in 1974 with the theme of “only one Earth”,
since then it has occurred annually with a different theme for every year that emphasizes the
importance of protecting the environment.

We do our bit at A R Richards every single day by making sure we divert 98% of waste from landfills
There are a vast number of products that can be reused and recycled once they are redundant from
their primary purpose. From broken plastic toys to farm baler twine and CDs, these are all waste
items that can be repurposed. By sending waste to a specialist Waste Management firm, this waste
is diverted from landfill and can be repurposed and continue to be used. We see waste as a valuable
resource, and through our Two Material Recovery Facility (MRFs) in Shropshire, we can separate all
the recyclables into different waste streams. The team at A R Richards then bale this into single
stream products, before finally sending them off for reprocessing.