LONDON—Global Recycling Day 2020 has arrived and, although the world rightly focuses on its response to COVID-19, people around the world are being encouraged to remember the importance of recycling and to recognize the individuals, communities and businesses—some world renowned some unknown—who are the forefront of recycling innovation and best practice.
An initiative of the Global Recycling Foundation, Global Recycling Day is a movement dedicated to recognizing the importance of recycling as a resource, not waste. Now in its third year, the day was launched in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the vital role recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources, lowering global carbon emissions and securing the future of our planet.
The theme for 2020 is #RecyclingHeroes—recognizing the unsung heroes in the recycling industry and the children, schools, teachers, professionals, businesses and communities that champion recycling around the world. The Global Recycling Foundation is encouraging everyone to nominate their #RecyclingHeroes and highlight the incredible work that is carried out by local communities and individuals.
Anyone Can be #RecyclingHero
Every individual can take responsibility for their own recycling habits and work towards a more sustainable future for our planet. The theme #RecyclingHeroes recognizes this, showcasing that anyone can be a #RecyclingHero, no matter how big or small their recycling efforts are.
The winners of the #RecyclingHeroes social media competition will also be announced today. The Global Recycling Foundation received over 2,000 nominations from across the world and ten winners are set to receive a prize of $1,000 each to contribute towards their recycling initiatives.
Ranjit Baxi, President of the Global Recycling Foundation, commented: “Even in these uncertain times, recycling and the climate emergency remain some of the most pressing issues we face and we must work to unite the world to think ‘resource not waste’ and protect the future of our planet. It is important that recyclers and the recycling industry aligns itself to the U.N.’s key Sustainable Development Goals, and we pull together—across the planet—to work towards a cleaner, more sustainable and more ethical planet if we are to provide for the future and for our children.”