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, and 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.
It is widely understood, and 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. 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, 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.
The success of the first ever Global Recycling Day – 18 March 2018
The first ever Global Recycling Day on March 18, 2018 surpassed all expectations, and we have ignited a movement.
Events took place across the world from London, Paris, Washington DC, Delhi, Johannesburg, Dubai, Sao Paolo and Sydney to Nepal, Mongolia, Malaysia and New Zealand. Individuals and companies came together to take part in everything from litter picks to lectures and from wearing clothes made entirely of ocean rubbish to creating beautiful artworks. And some of the most important authorities on the environment have lent their support to the Day.
You can find more about our global events and testimonials on our blog HERE.
The petition to the UN and world leaders which calls for recycling to be a truly global concern and asks for Global Recycling Day to be recognised as an official day in the UN calendar has amassed over 7700 signatures.
Some of the biggest names and brands on the planet have also joined in to spread the message a little bit further. These include: Dell, L’Occitane, UNIDO, Veolia, OC Florida, Greenpeace, Coca-Cola EU Dialogue, WWF, Tetrapak, Danone, C&A Europe, Defra and CCHQ among many, many more.
Global Recycling Day 2019
We will be making more announcements about Global Recycling Day 2019 in the coming months – a Day we expect to be bigger, better and have even more impact than 2018.
Meanwhile, if you are interested in becoming an official sponsor or partner, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also still time to sign our Petition, which you will find HERE.