The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has announced that the first global Recycling Day shall be on 18 March 2018.
Marking the 70th anniversary of BIR, the bureau is set to lead the initiative next year.
Ranjit Baxi, BIR president, said:
Our members, who rank amongst the most prestigious recycling companies in the industry, want to take ownership of this powerful initiative.
“We were the first global trade body to be created and therefore our 70th anniversary is a fitting date for such an important event.
“There are seven billion people on this earth, and if we can just get 10% of these people to make one positive recycling change on Global Recycling Day, it will have a massive impact.”
In a press release published today BIR said that it will be announcing a number of initiatives throughout the year, including global partnerships and multiple calls to action.
Mr. Baxi continued, saying that:
There are 6 major natural resources: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals.
“We believe that recyclables should be recognized as the 7th most important resource.
“We want to raise awareness amongst the public regarding this 7th resource and enhance the perception that recycling is about creating a clean and sustainable environment for us and for future generations.
“We must also acknowledge that without the huge skills and expertise of the recycling industry, this 7th resource would not have been accessible.”
On May 22 BIR is to hold the 2017 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition in Hong Kong and is set to include:
- Topics on ferrous and non-ferrous metals, paper, textiles, stainless steel, plastics, tyres, and e-scrap.
- Extensive trading and business opportunities.
- A welcome event at sky100, the tallest building in Hong Kong.
- A trader’s bar located in the centre of the exhibition.
The World Environment Day is to take place on June 5.