Global Recycling Day was created to celebrate the importance that recycling plays in preserving primary resources. Aiming to bring people together and champion ways to put our planet first, Global Recycling Day highlights the need to consider recyclable materials as resource rather than waste.
By focusing 2019 on youth and innovation, the Global Recycling Foundation wants to encourage the world to look towards the impact that today’s young people and future technologies can have on recycling. The Foundation is seeking partners to help spread this message across the world and is inviting businesses to become „Friends of the Foundation“, as well as offering a number of key sponsorship opportunities.
As well as targeting customers, Global Recycling Day will also use the theme to continue lobbying the UN to have the day officially recognised and to support the UN in its work of promoting recycling as an essential to the future of the planet. It will dovetail UNIDO’s inclusive sustainability focus and continue to promote key sustainable development goals.
„It is all too easy to take the world’s natural resources for granted, but they will eventually run out. It is imperative that people worldwide think resource not waste, but we need solutions to make this easier“, Ranjit Baxi, BIR president and founding president of the Global Recycling Foundation, says. „To truly harness the power of recycling we must come together to find the most innovative solutions and ensure we use these to engage young people across the globe. The youth of today are our future, and we must ensure we use these to engage young people across the globe. The youth of today are our future, and we must ensure they develop a ‚resource, not wase‘ mindset in order to look forward to a sustainable future. Global Recycling Day will help achieve this through driving awareness, sparkling debate and helping develop new solutions that ensure the world thinks resource not waste when it comes to recycling.“