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Global Recycling Day was launched in 2018, and this year, you can go above and beyond to do more for organisations or even your community!


Global (09 March 2020) – This year the theme for Global Recycling Day is “Recycling Heroes”. The day falls on the 18th of March each year. The awareness day was launched in 2018 by the Global Recycling Foundation.

The Foundation wants to recognise the people, places and activities that showcase the important role recycling plays in creating an environmentally stable planet.

Global Recycling Day was created to celebrate the importance that recycling plays in preserving the earth’s primary resources, including water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals. The aim is to champion different ways that people and organisations put the planet first.

Since its launch, Global Recycling Day has reached more than 600 million people across the world through activities and media hits in 2018 and 2019, with a target to reach 1 billion people by 2020.

“Through focusing on recycling heroes, the Global Recycling Foundation will encourage the world to look at the positive impact that individuals, communities and businesses are having on the future of our world, as well as highlight what still needs to be done. Recycling heroes surround us every day, from the big names such as Greta Thunberg and Leonardo DiCaprio to the unknown heroes, like a couple from the U.K. who built a recycling center on their driveway to inspire their local community to recycle unusual items,” says Ranjit Baxi, founding president of the Global Recycling Foundation.

“In 2020, the Global Recycling Foundation wants to showcase all of these heroes, big and small, as well as cities, such as Ljubljana, and businesses who are championing innovative recycling practices around the world.”

We know of a few incredible heroes right here in South Africa. With organisations such as Help Up, Coastal Ghost, The Future Kids Club and JBay Recycling Project, the number of lives being changed grows each day!

In the comment section, please let us know who your recycling heroes are. If it an organisation, we would love to know more about them! Leading up to the 18th, we would like to celebrate a few of the unsung recycling heroes so be sure to reach out!

How can you get involved?

Reach out to a local organisation like those listed above or even just get friends together, and go out to collect recyclables from the beach, parks, rivers and other natural public spaces.

Sources: Global Recycling Foundation
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