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Global Recycling Foundation: Time to recognise Recycling Industry - the unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

  • 16 February 2022

#GlobalRecyclingDay on 18 March is the perfect day to recognise some of the forgotten heroes of the Covid 19 pandemic – the Recycling family.

While the rest of us locked ourselves away working from home, the Recycling industry remained open for business, collecting, and processing our waste while ensuring our streets, our hospitals, our airports, bus stops, railway stations and our industries remained clean and operational.

Ranjit Baxi, the founder of the Global Recycling Foundation, who launched the Global Recycling Day in 2017, said: “Without the efforts of the recycling fraternity – an essential service - clearly putting themselves at risk with the increased waste from masks, personal protective equipment and food during the pandemic, civil society would otherwise have suffered even more hardship if waste had been allowed to accumulate uncollected and untreated.

“Those in the recycling industry are just some of the unsung heroes of the past two years and I applaud their work and their courage during the first and second waves of the pandemic when Covid risks were at their highest.

He added: “Regardless of the dangers, recycling, the Seventh Resource, must continue day in day out to cut CO2 emissions, reduce landfill waste, preserve our forests and protect our planet.”

Tom Bird, Vice President of the Global Recycling Foundation, noted: “Recycling continues to play an important role in combatting climate change threats and helping to meet the targets set at the COP 26 conference in Glasgow.”

For further information, contact the Global Recycling Foundation team:
Ranjit Baxi +447860525159

About Global Recycling Foundation

The Global Recycling Foundation supports the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world in order to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet. It will promote Global Recycling Day as well as other educational programmes, awareness projects and innovation initiatives which focus on the sustainable and inclusive development of recycling.

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