Recycling records are piling up across the world as people do their best to protect the environment and help those in need this new year.
In the US, more than 77,000 lb of clothing was donated from 153 places of worship, schools, businesses and donation boxes throughout Trenton, New Jersey, earning homeless shelter The Rescue Mission of Trenton a Guinness World Records title for the Largest collection of clothes for recycle/donation.
In celebration of their 100th anniversary, the organisation contributed an incredible total of 179,550 items, significantly raising the previous record of 153,240 items that was achieved by Comfort and OMO (Unilever Gulf FZE) (UAE) in Dubai, UAE, in August 2015.
All of the clothing was given to the shelter’s homeless patrons or sold in the thrift store, of which 100% of the proceeds go towards programming for the homeless and addiction services.
Earlier this month, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and its Alumni Association (both Hong Kong) smashed a record for the Most glass bottles recycled (one hour).
Students of Shaw College and its alumni, as well as local residents, participated in the collection of the glass bottles which weighed an incredible 1,147 kg (2528 lb 11 oz) after 60 minutes.
The attempt was held as part of a month-long celebration of Shaw College’s 30th anniversary.
The glass bottles were recycled into green bricks by a local construction materials company.