Global Recycling Day, held annually on the 18th of March, was created in 2018 to promote the vitality of recycling across the globe. It is a day for action, for the world to come together and put the planet first, and to change the mind-set of governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world to see recyclables as a resource.
The mission of Global Recycling Day, as set out by the Global Recycling Foundation, is to:
- ‘Tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important to not be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.
- Ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the good around us – until this happens, we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.’
The Global Recycling Foundation was also formed in 2018 by Founding President Ranjit S Baxi. The foundation was created with the aim to fund educational and awareness programmes as well as innovation initiatives which focus on the sustainable and inclusive development of recycling across the world. Their initiatives include Global Recycling Day, their work with the UN and their #RecyclingHeroes competition.
Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not-too-distant future, it will run out. That’s why the Global Recycling Foundation says we must think twice about what we throw away and see items as an opportunity for future use, not just waste.
It is no secret that the last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of incomparable proportions. If there aren’t significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and unrelenting deforestation.
Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect the Earth’s natural resources. It is also an integral part of the climate change cycle and helps in promoting and protecting global sustainability. Each year recyclables, also known as the ‘Seventh Resource’, save over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions, and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.
Every contribution to the recycling initiative, however small, continues to help in the fight to reduce global population for a sustainable future. To find out more about Global Recycling Day and their mission, visit www.globalrecyclingday.com
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