Sunday 18th March : Global Recycling Day

Sunday 18th March is the Global Recycling Day. It was created in 1994 in the USA and used to happen on 15th November. From now on, it will occur every 18th March. The Bureau of International Recycling has changed the date to celebrate its 70 years before asking the official acknowledgement to the United Nations. The French professional federation of recycling (FEDEREC) is in charge of the event in France.

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An awareness day

This awareness day aims at everybody, citizens, professionals or public institutions. It is also the occasion to bring more awareness of the importance of this ecological act for the environment. Recycling is an unique and powerful act as it can help, for example, saving 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions each year, the decontamination of certain devices or the reuse of primary materials in order to create new objects. Today, the Bureau of International Recycling would like to launch 7 challenges for the political leaders. These challenges would eventually help the practices of the recycling partners:

  • Implement and strengthen international agreements that promote recycling,
  • Support and promote the sustainable trade of recyclable materials,
  • Educate the public on the critical necessity of recycling,
  • Agree to a common language of recycling (same definition, same messages),
  • Make recycling a community issue, supporting initiatives which help households and businesses provide Seventh Resource materials for repurposing,
  • Work with the industry to encourage ‘design for recycling’ in the reuse of materials – reducing waste and integrating ‘end-of-life’ functionality at the design stage,
  • Support innovation, research and initiatives that foster better recycling practices. (Source : Erich Rehbock, bvse)

Find out the complete manifesto here.

The recycling of raw materials is an limitless resource

The BIR would like to reflect on the real opportunity of recycling for our planet: we can see the real value of the recyclables by going beyond the simple vision of waste that we do not want anymore. To acknowledge the recyclables materials as the Seventh Resource after water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals, would be a significant step as it would revise the global approach of recycling.

Take actions

  • Do read and sign the petition created by the BIR here
  • Recycle your waste each day
  • Build awareness of recycling to your loved ones

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