Global Recycling Day will be marked today by events across the country, including a ‘top bins’ competition in central London launched by Ranjit Baxi, president of the Global Recycling Foundation (GRF).
The event, attended by Samira El Idrissi, a taekwondo world champion and ambassador for Global Recycling Day, saw members of the public invited to capture a video of themselves scoring a ’top bins’ goal into a recycling bin set in the top corner of the goal.
Baxi said: “Recycling and other environmental concerns are some of the most pressing issues we are facing in 2019, and we must work to unite the world to think ‘resource not waste’ and protect the planet for future generations.
“Getting involved in Global Recycling Day is an important way to celebrate the power of recycling and have fun while doing it, and the GRF is encouraging the whole world to take part in this powerful movement.”
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) launched a campaign to encourage members of the public to support their local scrap yard, while raising funds for schools, community projects and charities.
It has asked people to check sheds, garages and homes for metals no longer being used, take these to a scrap yard and, if they wish, donate.
BMRA chief executive James Kelly said: “The metals recycling industry, while being a driver of the circular economy, faces many challenges.
“Some BMRA members lose business to scrap yards that pay cash for scrap metal, which is illegal. It is also illegal to receive cash for your scrap too. These yards are often not environmentally compliant.
”We want the public and businesses to support yards like our members, who are highly regulated and professional. It’s a great way to raise money for yourself or for a cause close to your heart.”
Among BMRA member firms, Ipswich-based Sackers invited primary school pupils from Suffolk to visit its yard (pictured), while Recycled Products of Chesham partnered with Kite Ridge School in High Wycombe in ‘Marvellous Metals Day’, while Oxfordshire’s Rogers Metal Management supported local schools and scout groups.