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Just announced – a new theme for 2020

The theme of Global Recycling Day 2020 is #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognize the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet. The diverse, innovative and passionate ideas around recycling that people are driving forward across the globe will be also celebrated.

For more information on how to join this exciting movement, visit the dedicated page on this website.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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