The Global Recycling Foundation (GRF) has been launched to promote the role of recycling in preserving the Earth’s future.
It is backed by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), which invited members at its World Recycling Convention in London last weekend to become founders.
BIR president Ranjit Baxi (pictured), who is also the foundation’s first president, said: “The world needs to wake up to the fact that recycling is not optional, but necessary. The recycling industry is at the epicentre of action on resource preservation.”
He added: “The role of the foundation is to show the world that recycling is a collective endeavour, crucial for the future of the planet.”
The GRF will run independently of BIR and its main activity will be Global Recycling Day 2019, scheduled for 18 March, with a theme of ‘recycling into the future’.
Its other main goals will include fostering the promotion of recycling across the world, biodiversity protection, the circular economy and support for research into recycling topics.