The Bureau of International Recycling asks consumers to follow the Seven Golden Rules of Recycling to help mark the world’s first Global Recycling Day
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) wants consumers to make changes to their own recycling habits in order to help future-proof the planet. This will be one of the key messages on the world’s first Global Recycling Day (18 March).
To communicate this need for change to members of the public, BIR has outlined Seven Golden Rules of Recycling to follow in order to commit to a more sustainable future:
- Be aware of single-use-plastics – reduce and recycle
- Learn, and follow, local recycling regulations
- Prevent contamination of recyclable materials through thorough rinsing and drying
- Mend, repair and reuse as much as possible
- Be a recycling-aware shopper
- Make the effort to recycle electronics as much as possible
- Reduce individual waste-footprints by being conscious of packaging
Ranjit Baxi, President of the Bureau of International Recycling, explains: “More often than not, current practices are holding back the powerful change that recycling can make.
“Household collections in particular continue to play an important part in our industry’s quest for global change; however all it takes is a couple of not quite empty cans of soft drinks to contaminate recyclable materials. It really is as simple as that. By not sorting, separating and rinsing household waste, we are reducing the power of recycling, and stopping this Resource from having a positive impact on our planet. An impact that could change the future of the world.
“This year, BIR is launching Global Recycling Day on the 18 March in order to let the world know that recycling is simply too important to not be a global issue. We talk about the power of the world’s Seventh Resource, Recyclables which are helping save the environment.”
Global Recycling Day will be a day of action, aimed at building a global approach towards recycling, calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling.
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About Global Recycling Day
Global Recycling Day is an initiative of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).
BIR is the global federation of the recycling industry, representing the interests of the global industry.
One of BIR’s key objectives is to promote recycling globally – showcasing its benefits to industry, policy makers and the wider community.
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of BIR (indeed 18th March is its 70th birthday), a landmark year in which to create a day which recognised the vital role recycling and the industry plays in protecting the planet.
The first ever Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power of the newly termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The new initiative is the brain child of Ranjit Baxi, who announced his vision for a day dedicated to recycling at the inauguration of his Presidency at BIR’s 2015 Dubai Convention.
Global Recycling Day will be a day of action, aimed at building a global approach towards recycling, calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling. Consumers are also being asked to ask themselves some key questions about recycling, to think of it in a new way.