First global recycling day announced by BIR


A Global Recycling Day has been revealed for 18 March 2018.

Ranjit Baxi (pictured), president of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), announced that the first Global Recycling Day will take place on the 70th anniversary of the creation of BIR.


“I am delighted to be announcing this very important date,” Ranjit Baxi said.  “We want to use this day to promote action on recycling around the world. Our members, who rank among 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. We want people to think ‘resource’, not ‘waste’. There are 7 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.”

“There are six major natural resources: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals,” he added. “We believe that recyclables should be recognised as the seventh most important resource. We want to raise awareness among the public regarding this seventh 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 seventh resource would not have been accessible.”

During the course of 2017, BIR will be announcing a number of initiatives to mark Global Recycling Day. These will include global partnerships and calls for action.