The organisers of Global Recycling Day, taking place today (17 March), have encouraged people to remember the importance of recycling and to “recognise those who are the forefront of innovation and best practice”.
An event had been planned in parliament later but has been postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
An initiative of the Global Recycling Foundation, Global Recycling Day is a movement dedicated to “recognising the importance of recycling as a resource, not waste”.
The theme for 2020 is #RecyclingHeroes – which aims to recognise the unsung heroes in the recycling industry. A competition over the last month has seen people nominate their ‘recycling heroes’ online, and the winners will be announced later today.
The Global Recycling Foundation received more than 2,000 nominations from across the world and 10 winners are set to receive a prize of $1000 each to contribute towards their recycling initiatives.
Ranjit Baxi, president of the Global Recycling Foundation, commented: “Even in these uncertain times, recycling and the climate emergency remain some of the most pressing issues we face and we must work to unite the world to think ‘resource not waste’ and protect the future of our planet.
“It is important that recyclers and the recycling industry aligns itself to the UNs key Sustainable Development Goals, and we pull together – across the planet – to work towards a cleaner, more sustainable and more ethical planet if we are to provide for the future and for our children.
“We know that from tiny acorns mighty oaks grow, which is why our #RecyclingHeroes campaign focuses on the unsung heroes, those people, businesses and communities amongst us all, that put sustainability and environmental good practice at the heart of all we do. Let the 18th March 2020 be a day to thank them all.”
Last year, a string of companies including Tomra, the BMRA and Sims Metal management all took part. The 2019 theme was ‘recycling into the future’.