Global recycling day


THE CHALLENGES

Increase awareness of the necessity of recycling amongst the wider public
Create the opportunity to educate and explain the functioning of recycling as a concept and as an industry
Foster new ideas and technological innovation with regards to recycling
Bring together all stakeholders involved in and concerned by recycling
Open the debate on how to improve framework conditions for a better and more efficient recycling system

Going global

Recycling is the obvious answer. It has been scientifically proven that through recycling, more CO2 emissions are saved than what is generated by aviation worldwide.

Some regions, particularly Europe, are taking the lead by setting ambitious recycling targets and putting the right framework in place to make recycling an indispensable part of their societies and economies. However, in other parts of the world, namely Africa and Asia, recycling is less entrenched in everyday life, and much work remains to be done, particularly in terms of education and boosting free and fair trade. Otherwise, the very real danger is that CO2 emissions will increase together with the population of these areas. This time bomb is bigger than one or two continents can defuse alone: a global approach required. Recycling is simply too vital a part of the war on climate change not to be receive the official recognition that Global Recycling Day would provide.

Benefits of recycling

Recycling saves energy, reduces air and water pollution, and conserves natural resources. Equally, those serious about tackling climate change simply must start recognising the huge untapped potential of recycling as a green partner. A low carbon industry, recycling is currently reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 700 million tonnes per year, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of aviation worldwide.

The reduction of carbon emissions is of paramount importance in the fight against climate change.

Moreover, recycling projects across the globe help fulfill a number of the UN’s Millennium Goals including:

Achieve decent employment
In the EU alone recycling has generated 300,000 local jobs; there is big potential in other parts of the world.

Support universal primary education
Local economies can invest part of the profits of a successful recycling system in education.

Combat diseases
Creating recycling hubs and limiting/managing better waste can improve sanitation conditions in local communities (especially in emerging economies).

Ensure environmental sustainability
Recycling helps reduce CO2 emissions by at least 700 million tonnes per year.

The solution

Recycling is the obvious answer. It has been scientifically proven that through recycling, more CO2 emissions are saved than what is generated by aviation worldwide. Yet this is not adequately recognised in all parts of the world. At the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), we believe that it is absolutely necessary to dedicate one day per year to the important concept of recycling. The introduction of a Global Recycling Day would serve to promote action and awareness around the huge benefits and potential of recycling.

The cost of failure to raise awareness around recycling would be high for our planet with detrimental effects not only to the environment but also to our health and the global economy.

THE GOALS

Moreover, recycling projects across the globe help fulfill a number of the UN’s Millennium Goals including

Achieve decent employment

In the EU alone recycling has generated 300,000 local jobs; there is big potential in other parts of the world.

Support universal primary education

Local economies can invest part of the profits of a successful recycling system in education.

Combat diseases

Creating recycling hubs and limiting/managing better waste can improve sanitation conditions in local communities (especially in emerging economies).

Ensure environmental sustainability

Recycling helps reduce CO2 emissions by at least 700 million tonnes per year.