Today is Global Recycling day

The first-ever Global Recycling Day has finally arrived – cities across the globe are joining together to encourage people to think of recycling in a new way. The initiative from the Bureau for International Recycling (BIR) calls on the world to think “resource” not “waste” when it comes to recycling.
Source: BIR

Today, official Global Recycling events are taking place across the globe to help raise awareness and encourage the public to sign a petition to show world leaders why it is so important to have a global approach to recycling and to get the day official recognized by the United Nations.

Global Recycling Day highlights the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrates the power of the newly-termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The “Seventh Resource Manifesto”asks people searching questions about the way they manage waste to help enable better recycling.

A truly global event, today, Global Recycling Day is being celebrated with official events in Delhi, Dubai London and across the UK. Ahead of the day, official events have also taken place in Paris, Washington DC, Johannesburg and Sydney. Full details of which can be found on the Global Recycling Day website. Unofficial events to celebrate the day have taken place in Brussels, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Vienna and Athens. Full details of which can be found on the Global Recycling Day website.

BIR President Ranjit Baxi said: “The world’s first Global Recycling Day is a vitally important new date in our global calendar. To truly harness the power of recycling we must adopt a global approach to its collection, processing and use. It is time we put the planet first and all commit to spend 10 more minutes a day ensuring that materials are disposed of properly. It is a joint responsibility, not one of the few and I look forward to seeing individuals, communities, businesses and leaders joining us and celebrating the Day on 18th March.

“Global Recycling Day is also a wakeup call to all of us, wherever we live. We must unite with those involved in the industry – from workers in waste collection to the world’s largest businesses – to help them make the best use of what we dispose of and make recycling easier, inherent even in the design of products.”


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