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CHALLENGE 12. Home Recycling Center

Why do I have to do these challenges?  Because you have the power to lead the way in eco-conscious actions, gain valuable service hours, and have a ton of fun while making a positive difference. Did you know that if the world’s population grows by 9.7 billion by 2050, we’d need the equivalent of three planets to provide the natural resources needed to maintain our current lifestyles? That’s truly alarming, and it’s up to us to make a change.

By performing these challenges, you’ll reduce the waste you generate and learn to act thoughtfully when making purchases. Sustainable consumption is vital to protect our planet. Economic and social progress over the last century has come at the cost of environmental degradation, which threatens the very systems on which our future development and survival depend.

Here are some eye-opening facts: Each year, about one-third of all food produced, equivalent to 1.3 billion tons worth around $1 trillion, goes to waste due to poor practices. If everyone switched to energy-efficient light bulbs, we could save $120 billion annually. With the global population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, we might need almost three planets to sustain our current lifestyles. The time has come for us to act as responsible citizens of planet Earth. Join us in these challenges and help shape a sustainable future for all!


Ready to embark on an exciting journey to create a home recycling center that's both attractive and functional, making it a breeze for you and your family to go green and recycle more of the waste created.

The challenge is simple, yet tons of fun - you'll perform two actions that not only make recycling ♻️ exciting but also inspire you to find unique ways to reduce packaging waste!

The first action? It's all about unleashing your creativity! Choose your favorite containers and transform them into personalized waste containers. Pick vibrant colors that make sorting and separating daily household waste a breeze.

Now, for the second action, let's get super innovative! You'll take used packages, aluminum cans, or containers and breathe new life into them by making them reusable. Get as creative as you want - maybe turn an old container into a stylish plant pot. Then, show off your plant's progress on the UKDG social platform!

So, join the adventure by completing these two exciting actions, snap before-and-after pictures, and share them with us. When you post your four challenge pictures on UKDG, don't forget to tell everyone why recycling ♻️ at home is a game-changer. Let's make the planet greener one stylish step at a time!"

Worldwide consumption and production — a driving force of the global economy — rest on the use of the natural environment and resources in a way that continues to have destructive impacts on the planet. 

Economic and social progress over the last century has been accompanied by environmental degradation that is endangering the very systems on which our future development — indeed, our very survival — depends. 

A few facts and figures:

  • Each year, an estimated one third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes worth around $1 trillion – ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices.
  • If people worldwide switched to energy efficient light bulbs the world would save US$120 billion annually.
  • Should the global population reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

The COVID-19 pandemic offers countries an opportunity to build recovery plans that will reverse current trends and change our consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future.

Sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Sustainable consumption and production can also contribute substantially to poverty alleviation and the transition towards low-carbon and green economies.



  • If people worldwide switched to energy efficient lightbulbs, the world would save US$120 billion annually.
  • Despite technological advances that have promoted energy efficiency gains, energy use in OECD countries will continue to grow another 35 per cent by 2020. Commercial and residential energy use is the second most rapidly growing area of global energy use after transport.
  • In 2002 the motor vehicle stock in OECD countries was 550 million vehicles (75 per cent of which were personal cars). A 32 per cent increase in vehicle ownership is expected by 2020. At the same time, motor vehicle kilometers are projected to increase by 40 per cent and global air travel is projected to triple in the same period.
  • Households consume 29 per cent of global energy and consequently contribute to 21 per cent of resultant CO2 emissions.
  • The share of renewable energy in final energy consumption has reached 17.5per cent in 2015.
  • The global electrification rate reached 89per cent in 2017 (from 83per cent in 2010), still leaving about 840 million people without access
  • Between 2010 and 2017, the percentage of the population relying on clean cooking solutions grew by an annual average of 0.5 percentage points.
  • The global population without access to electricity fell from 1.2 billion in 2010 to 840 million in 2017.


12.1 Implement the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries

12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

12.3 By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses

12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

12.7 Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities

12.8 By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature

12.A Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production

12.B Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products

12.C Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities

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