Global Recycling Day starts to announce events and activities from across the world

With Global Recycling Day fast approaching on 18th March 2019, events and celebrations across the world are starting to unfold to raise awareness of the importance of recycling for the future of the planet.

From fashion shows to litter pick-ups and exhibitions, there’s a range of events set to take place as well as the #RecyclingGoals challenge, which individuals can take part in across social media. The challenge uses the power of football to educate young people on better recycling practices.

If you’re looking to get involved in Global Recycling Day, below is a list of just some of the global events set to take place on 18th March and dates leading up to that.  If you are running your own event, please let us know at, and don’t forget to share on social media using #GlobalRecyclingDay and #RecyclingGoals.


Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Community Arts Partnership in Belfast hosted a TRASH Fashion Show on 2nd March 2019, with 109 participants.


Brussels, Belgium

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is working with member organisations, including the Belgian National Associations to carry out various activities in Brussels.


Delhi, India

The Inland Importers and Consumers Association (IICA) is organising a celebration of Global Recycling Day for over 2,000 children including workshops, discussions and a lunch.

The Tinna Group is also working with The British School in New Delhi and an orphanage to raise awareness of Global Recycling Day.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Bureau of Middle East Recycling (BMR) plans to organise various activity in Dubai to promote Global Recycling Day.


Durban, South Africa

The Department of Environment in South Africa assisted with a national clean-up programme called #GoodGreenDeeds which was launched by their State President on 8th March 2019.  The programme focuses on clean-up campaigns and waste management awareness raising.


Lagos, Nigeria

U-Recycle, an organisation that educates local children on recycling, planning a fashion show with clothes made from recycled materials, a fun fair in the city, an art exhibition partnering with local schools and will host a series of recycling games, such as an obstacle course.


London, UK

Thanks to Shaftsbury, the Global Recycling Day team will be at Carnaby Street on 18th March encouraging individuals to take part in the #RecyclingGoals challenge. The activity aims to educate consumers in the area and local school children about the importance of recycling to help protect the planet’s future.

The Forest School in London will also be conducting a litter pick up for students to educate them on the importance of recycling.


Middleburg, South Africa

Illy B’s Environmental Education and Sustainability Awareness charity will organised a host of events for school children in Middleburg on 8th March 2019, including gathering plastic bottles, educating children on recycling as well as a ‘fun day’ that took place on 22nd February 2019, where children wore hats made of recycled goods.



The Asia Foundation is organizing a series of Brown Bag lunches and video screening over the course of a week, to raise awareness on the importance of sound waste management and the role we can play as individuals in improving the overall system. TAF will inaugurate a new custom-made composting bin that will be placed at their offices to ‘Walk the talk’ and recycle the organic waste generated on-site



LEAD Nepal is organising a painting competition on 17th March in schools on the topic Recycling into the Future .

On 14th March, the Little Recyclers of the future (grade 1 to 2 students) were engaged in repurposing activities and making handicrafts out of recyclable items.


Paris, France

FEDEREC will plan various activities in Paris as well as launching a social media campaign promoting the second life of recycled objects.


Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The European Business Chamber in Trinidad and Tobago is hosting a mix and mingle on 18th March from 5pm – 7pm. The event will highlight how technology can work to improve sustainability, resource management and opex reduction.


Rotherham, UK

British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) will organise a metal collection for local schools in Rotherham to help raise funds for the schools. BMRA will also educate school children on Global Recycling Day through presentations, as well as inviting them to take part in quizzes.


Sao Paolo, Brazil

Exposucata, Latin America’s waste and recycling event organisers, will be encouraging individuals to promote Global Recycling Day, as well as the #RecyclingGoals challenge.


Seoul, South Korea

A recycling activist in Korea, Mr Yong J.Lee, is heading up Global Recycling Day celebrations in Seoul, with special education packs to be shared with local schools.


Washington DC, USA

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) will be promoting Global Recycling Day on Capitol Hill and will be inviting Senators to take part in their activities. The organisation is working on a White House proclamation and a statement from House Recycling Caucus Co-Chairs, as well as reaching out to schools to get involved in the day.


Washington, USA

Eco-influencer, Mandi Thorne, has organised a beach clean up at Purdy Sand Spit from 10am – 2pm on 17th March 2019 as well as a Global Recycling Day celebration at Gig Harbor from 10am – 12pm


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