The arrival of Global Recycling Day 2020 also means that the time has finally come for us to announce the winners of our #RecyclingHeroes competition. Each of our ten winners will receive a $1,000 prize for their commitment and innovation in local recycling.  

Since February we have been accepting nominations for our #RecyclingHeroes competition, encouraging people from all over the world to put forward individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way with their recycling initiatives.  These #RecyclingHeroes herald the young people, innovators and inspiring businesses and individuals across the world, who are shining a light on recycling and securing a better future for our planet.


Plogging Club – Nigeria  

A movement inspiring young people across Nigerian campuses to take action for the climate through exercise that combines jogging with picking up litter and recyclables. 

Reform Africa – Uganda 

Tackles waste disposal by transforming plastic waste into sustainable, waterproof and durable bags, employing youth to collect the plastic waste, and single mothers who wash and tailor the products. 

U-Recycle – Nigeria 

A youth-led non-profit organisation working to promote a circular economy in Nigeria through reinforcing a sustainable recycling cultureinvesting time and resources into educating schools and communities about the value of recycling. 

Zizo Ezi Foundation – South Africa 

A non-profit organisation that operates in South Africa in the Eastern Cape and works with school children in rural areas teaching them on the benefits, as well as the do’s and don’ts regarding a clean eco future in South Africa. 

Anuya Trivedi, Founder of Greenbuddies – India 

An organisation that creates eco-designed, cost effective Recycled Play Stations for children out of tyres and other reusable scraps. 

Aribe BajwaFounder of Youth Social Ambassadors – Pakistan 

youth-based organisation working towards community empowerment and specifically towards environmental causes, including planting 300,000 plus trees and providing training and awareness sessions on conservation of environment at different institutions. 

Made by TREID – Philippines 

Made by TREID extends the life consumption of old clothes and uniforms to reduce environmental waste by transforming them into higher valued products such as multifunctional and fashionable shoes and bags, home accessories and new fabric, while also providing job opportunities to disadvantaged people. 

Ecolana – Mexico 

A social impact company focused on inclusive recycling practices in Mexico. On the one hand it is a digital platform with a recycling guide (a map and a waste-materials dictionary) that guides consumers on how and where to recycle, and on the other it helps consumer brands develop recycling programmes. 

Cappabue National School – Ireland 

This small school in Cork is raising awareness of climate change with their viral rap video ‘One Small Change’, a response to polluted beaches in Co Cork. 

Nick Oettinger, Managing Director and Founder of The Furniture Recycling Group – UK 

The TFR Group is helping to tackle the UK’s mattress landfill problem, diverting 400,000 mattresses away from landfills each year. The company has recycled more than 1.5m mattresses since launching, and is continually investing in research to make the recycling of mattresses more viable and much more efficient.  

Top 100 #RecyclingHeroes

Green Habitat Botswana

Récup’Art initiative

Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch

Think Green

SIBIRO Phlippe Junio-Centrafrique Ecologie

Kongo safi services


Yared Belete Belay

Plasticom International


Maulidi Hamisi Mwinyikai

SunPoynt Health

Live Love Recycle

Green N Kool ( and its founder Marie Christina Kolo)

Purple Innovation for Women and Girls

Irene Missanga Muja – Mabaki Mali Enterprises

Chelvin Ramsamy

RecycleGard Hub Limited

Arleegreen Renewables

Dr. Chukwuka Benjamin Ogbonna, PhD

Michaiah Benson Moses / Solaristique Nigeria

Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi

Chanja Datti Recycling Company

Iligoga Alice Douce

SHAE Recycling Sierra Leone Ltd

Middleburg Preparatory School

Einstina Company Limited

Ericsson Temu

Christian Mwijage

Juliet Namujju

Gown of Hope

Clean City

London Drugs Limited

Mazza Recycling Services

Recycle Across America

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation


The eBin Company

BD Clean

Leki Dawa/Bhutan Alternative/Thimphu/Bhutan

Ranjit Bar

Wilma Rodrigues

Seoul City

Center for Research and Sustainable Development (CREASION)


Eco Pspindles (Private ) Limited

Cumhuriyet Ortaokulu Beşiktaş Istanbul Turkey


La Casa Verde

WasteFactory St. Maarten


lycee Monod 92 Clamart , France

Save Nature Group

Bio-bean Limited

E-Waste Race

Foil for Snappy

Matt Kirby, ‘Can Collect’

Sky Ocean Rescure

Terry Clark & Terry Thomas, Street Waste Action Team (SWAT), Westminster City Council

Eco Harmony

O-I Glass, Inc.


RecyclingHero Associations

BMR – Bureau of Middle East Recycling Inc.

Austria Recycling

Coberec Textiles

European Recycling Industries’ Confereration EURIC

ARTSHC – Association of Recyclers and Traders of Second Hand Clothing

BAR – Bulgarian Association of Recycling

INESFA – Brazilian Association of Iron and Steel Scrap Companies

Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI)

Asociacion Nacional de la Industria del Reciclaje AG – ANIR

CAMU – China Association of Metal Scrap Utilization

China National Resources Recycling Association

CMRA – China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metal Branch

CSPA – China Scrap Plastics Association

Grupo Empresarial de Reciclaje


BVSE – Bund. Sekundärrohstoffe

Verband Deutscher Metall-Händler E.V. – VDM

Federacion Española de la Recuperacion

Gremi de Recuperacio de Catalunya



BMRA – British Metals Recycling Association

Textile Recycling Association

The Recycling Association

Hungarian Waste Management Federation (HOSZ)

Inland Importers & Consumers Association

MRAI – Material Recycling Association of India


Japan Iron & Steel Recycling Institute – JISRI

Dutch Waste Management Association

IGMNIR – Economic Chamber of Non-Ferrous Metals and Recycling

Scrap Economy Chamber of Industry and Commerce – IPHGZ

Organizatia Patronala Si Profesionala ‘REMAT’

National Self-Regulated Organization of Entreprises for the Treatment of Metal Scrap, Production and Consumption Wastes

Tudam Degerlendirilebilir Atik Malzemeler Sanayicileri Dernegi


MRA- Metal Recyclers Association of South Africa

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART)

It has been a pleasure reading everyone’s incredible submissions, and it was no easy task choosing the winners – there are hundreds of entrants who could have been chosen. 

Lastly, thank you to everyone who got involved in the #RecyclingHeroes competition. We are proud to recognise the world’s unsung #RecyclingHeroes, from children, schools, teachers and professionals to businesses and communities, and everyone in-between. Global Recycling Day allows everyone to play their part in the circular economy, help protect our natural resources and build a better future for generations to come.  Anyone can be a #RecyclingHero.