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Global recycling day 'not for 2017'

A global recycling day advocated by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) remains a core goal for the organisation, although it says it cannot yet firm up when such an event might happen – and has ruled out next year.

BIR president Ranjit Baxi, who is also chairman of the UK paper company J&H Sales (International), reaffirmed his commitment to the venture ahead of the 2016 convention in Amsterdam.

Baxi had set it as a goal of his leadership to establish a day for international awareness.

He said he favoured a date coinciding with the birthday of Nelson Mandela (18 July), Gandhi (2 October) or a similar globally-known figure. Major capitals around the world would be encouraged to support the initiative with a variety of activities.

“The global recycling day aims to increase awareness regarding the importance of recycling. In our communities, regions, countries and continents we should take one day to reflect on what we can do on a daily basis to take better care of our environment,” Baxi said in an official brochure for the event.

The BIR says there are a number of regional initiatives but nothing on a global scale.

It is calling on the United Nations, peace and co-operation body Unesco or the United Nations Environment Programme to include a global recycling day in the calendar of internationally celebrated days. Supporters are encouraged to back the idea on the BIR website.

However, Baxi admitted that it would be a significant task to co-ordinate such a day and he was looking beyond 2017 for the initial one. If it was marked on Gandhi’s birthday, for example, 2018 would be the centenary of his birth.

The BIR represents more than 760 member companies from the private sector and 36 national associations in more than 70 countries.



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