The single biggest mission of Global Recycling Day 2018 is to raise awareness regarding the importance of recycling.
Climate change is the major, overriding, environmental issue of our time and the recycling industry is at the heart of the change that is needed to combat its devastating effects. Recycling (whether industrial or at home) saves more CO2 emissions each year than are generated by the entire aviation industry, while simultaneously protecting the earth’s valuable natural resources.
By combining as many voices and efforts as possible on a single day, we aim to drive awareness and action around the urgent need to recycle more effectively around the world, to assure the future of our planet.
Introducing the Seventh Resource
Global Recycling Day aims to change the mind-set of governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world, to see recyclables as “resource – not waste.”
We all know the six major natural resources on the planet: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals. Now, recyclables have joined them, as the world’s Seventh Resource.
Without recycling, all our used and discarded fridges, plastic bottles, packing boxes, cars, cell phones and paper cups will contribute to the growing waste mountains, to be incinerated or go to landfill – never to be used again. Without recycling, we have no option but to continue stripping the earth of her finite virgin resources
There must be a global approach towards recycling
The future of our planet’s environmental wellbeing is too important not to be a global concern. The power of the Seventh Resource must be recognized by leaders around the world, through seven concrete changes:
- Focus on international legislation and agreements.
- Support, and campaign for, free sustainable trade of recyclable materials to ecologically sound companies across the globe.
- Educate, from grass roots up, the public on the critical necessity of recycling.
- Agree to a common language of recycling.
- To make recycling a community issue, supporting schemes and initiatives which help households and businesses provide Seventh Resource materials for repurposing.
- Work with the industry to encourage ‘design for recycling’ in the repurposing of materials – reducing waste, integrating ‘end-of-life’ planning at design stage.
- Support innovation, research and initiatives that foster better recycling practices and technology.
How can I get involved?
Take action now:
- Sign the change.org petition to show the UN and world leaders the concrete steps that needed to be taken to make recycling a truly global concern.
- Learn about the recycling industry globally and locally through local BIR members and action groups.
- Join in Global Recycling Day on 18 March, and share good practice on social channels across the globe.