In September of 2018, the Bureau of International Recycling and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization stepped up efforts to have Global Recycling Day recognised as an official United Nations day.

In a side event organized by BIR during the 11th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG) in Geneva, BIR and UNIDO emphasized the need to celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources. It was at this event that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two organisations, joining forces to drive home the importance of recycling.

“We are delighted to be working with UNIDO in our efforts to have Global Recycling Day recognised as an official UN day,” said BIR President Ranjit S. Baxi. “We are determined, in collaboration with UNIDO, to build on the momentum we’ve sparked since launching Global Recycling Day in March”.

Speaking at the side event were also Frank Van Rompaey, Head of UNIDO’s Geneva office, and Katharina Kummer Peiry of Kummer EcoConsult and former Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention.

For more information check out our Recycling: The Seventh Resource Manifesto, which sets out our vision for the Seventh Resource.