There are many organisations and businesses which have been pivotal in helping to get the first-ever Global Recycling Day off the ground and on the map. It is through these like-minded global friends that the message to people to make recycling their top priority has resounded from shore to shore.
One of these companies which needs particular and whole-hearted thanks is Federec, the professional Federation of Recycling Companies. Founded in 1945, Federec has 1,300 member companies from small and medium-sized businesses to large groups, spread across the whole of France. Their activity consists of collecting and sorting the material recovery of industrial and household waste.
Federec has been instrumental in helping Global Recycling Day, the brainchild of the Bureau of International Recycling, by raising awareness among all stakeholders (the general public, communities and institutions) through videos which show the many benefits of recycling. Federec has also used social media to challenge the public authorities about what is being done to enable better recycling.
Global Recycling Day highlights the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrates the power of the newly termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The “Seventh Resource Manifesto” asks people searching questions about the way they manage waste to help enable better recycling.
Events across the globe differ from city to city but people across the continents will be asked to sign a petition to show world leaders why it is so important to have a global approach to recycling. It will be presented to world leaders in the coming months.
Climate change is the major overarching issue of our time and the single greatest challenge facing environmental regulators. It is a growing crisis, with economic, health and safety, food production, security and other dimensions. Therefore, it is imperative to promote a sustainable solution, which will turn this challenge into an opportunity.
The recycling industry is right at the centre of action on resource preservation. Without it, all our used and discarded fridges, plastic bottles, packing boxes, cars, cell phones, clothes and paper cups will contribute to the growing waste mountains, be incinerated or go to landfill – never to be used again.
The future of the planet’s environmental wellbeing is too important not to be a global concern. The power of the Seventh Resource must be recognised at a global level.