First-Ever Global Recycling Day Aims to Raise Awareness About the Seventh Resource
Reducing waste and increasing recycling is a goal that many share and work toward achieving. And on Sunday, March 18, government officials, businesses, communities and individuals from around the globe will join as one to participate in the first-ever Global Recycling Day.
Founded by Ranjit Baxi, president of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), Global Recycling Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and the Seventh Resource, encouraging those around the world to view recyclables as a resource, not waste.
“My goal for Global Recycling Day is to show the world that there is a Seventh Resource, as economically viable as, and more sustainable than, the six key primary resources: air, water, oil, natural gas, minerals and coal,” says Baxi. “Recycling is a global issue, the environment is a global issue and this day celebrates that and pushes us all—wherever we live—to do more.”
The contribution that recycling offers the world is immense, according to Baxi, as theindustry provides 2 million jobs, saves 700 million tons of carbon emissions annually, reduces waste, promotes health and hygiene and is projected to add $400 billion to the global gross domestic product by 2025. And because recycling plays such a crucial role in the preservation of our planet, he feels that the industry should come together on Global Recycling Day to showcase the work it’s already doing and discuss what else can be done.