Skip to content

One month until the world's first ever global recycling day

by Global Recycling Day
in Environment, ONLINE FEATURE, Public Participation
February, 2018

On March 18, the first-ever Global Recycling Day will take place. Cities across the globe are coming together to encourage people to think of recycling in a new way. The initiative from the Bureau for International Recycling (BIR) is calling on the world to think “resource” not “waste” when it comes to recycling.

Global Recycling Day events will take place in London, Washington DC, Sao Paolo, Paris, Johannesburg, Delhi, and Dubai. Many other private events are expected to take place in homes and communities across the globe as well.

These events encourage individuals to pledge to make at least one change to their recycling habits, as well as asking them to sign BIR’s petition calling for the day to be recognised by the United Nations. This will help the message spread and highlight the importance of a global approach to recycling to world leaders.

“The world’s first Global Recycling Day is a vitally important new date in our global calendar. To truly harness the power of recycling we must adopt a global approach to its collection, processing and use, and this Day recognises the global nature of the industry and the issue,” said BIR President, Ranjit Baxi. “Global Recycling Day is also a wakeup call to all of us, wherever we live. We must unite with those involved in the industry – from workers on waste mountains to the world’s largest businesses – to help them to make the best use of what we dispose of, to make recycling easier, inherent even in the design of products, and to stop expecting countries to simply accept Recyclables which are difficult and costly to process.”

Join the conversation on social media using #GlobalRecyclingDay and share your videos and pictures of recycling actions and celebrations. The aim is to showcase how central recycling is to our day to day life – whether it’s working with local recycling businesses or making personal recycling commitments.

For more information please visit MW

Next Story
See All Feature Stories

Shifting the focus to people - designing vision zero communities