The first Global Recycling Day is scheduled for 18 March 2018, marking the 70th anniversary of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), which is leading the initiative.
BIR president Ranjit Baxi (pictured) said the intention was to use the day to focus on recycling around the world.
“Our members, who rank among the most prestigious recycling companies in the industry, want to take ownership of this powerful initiative,” he said. “We were the first global trade body to be created, and therefore our 70th anniversary is a fitting date for such an important event.
“There are seven billion people on this Earth and, if we can get just 10% of these people to make one positive recycling change on Global Recycling Day, it will have a massive impact.”
Baxi said that, after the six major natural resources of water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals, recyclables should be recognised as the seventh most important resource.
“We want to raise awareness among the public regarding this seventh resource, and enhance the perception that recycling is about creating a clean and sustainable environment for us and for future generations.
“We must also acknowledge that without the huge skills and expertise of the recycling industry, this resource would not have been accessible.”
The BIR, which is currently in Hong Kong for its twice-yearly conference, will be announcing initiatives to mark the event including global partnerships.
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