Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.
Our mission is twofold:
- To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.
- To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.
As a direct result of the success of Global Recycling Day 2018, the Global Recycling Foundation was born in October 2018. The Foundation, formed by the Bureau of International Recycling but run as an independent organisation, will promote and support the global recycling industry in its mission to showcase the crucial role of recycling in preserving our planet’s future.
The creation of the Global Recycling Foundation is a crucial step in securing the long term future of Global Recycling Day and other initiatives aiming at the promotion of a global and united approach to recycling.
It is widely understood, indeed it is at the heart of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, that climate change is the major, overriding, environmental issue of our time. Collectively, we have to take urgent action.
Recycling (whether industrial or at home) saves more CO2 emissions each year than those 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, the aim has been simple: to drive awareness and to push the urgent need to recycle more effectively around the world, to assure the future of our planet.
Introducing the Seventh Resource
Global Recycling Day will be held on March 18 every year, a day to change the mind-set of governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world, to see recyclables as resource – not waste.
There are six major natural resources on the planet: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals. 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, which are either incinerated or sent to landfill – never to be used again. Without recycling, we have no option but to continue stripping the earth of her finite virgin resources.
We have set out the vision for the Seventh Resource in our Recycling: The Seventh Resource Manifesto which was sent to world leaders, UN organisations and environmental activists in 2018. It can be downloaded HERE.
Global Recycling Day 2019: Recycling Into the Future
After the successful launch of Global Recycling Day in 2018, the theme for 2019 was ‘Recycling into the Future’.
Global Recycling Day 2019 focused on the power of youth, education and innovation in ensuring a brighter future for the planet.
For more information visit the dedicated pages on this website.
Details on Global Recycling Day 2020 will be announced soon.