Global Recycling Day 2019

Global Recycling Day wants to make us realize that the world’s recyclable materials are valuable—extremely valuable.


Have you ever thought about recyclables as a natural resource? The global recycling foundation hopes that every March 18th, people around the world will pause to consider recyclables as valuable—the seventh great natural resource of our planet, alongside water, air, coal, oil, natural gas, and minerals. Indeed, without recycling, we risk running out of the very resources that make modern life possible.

The figures are mind blowing: In the past 50 years, humans have consumed more resources than in all of human history; every year the amount of waste we produce is enough to circle the world with dump trucks 24 times; every year enough trees are chopped down to completely cover England and Wales; 91% of all plastic is not recycled. And in 2017, for example, the earth used an entire year’s worth of natural resources in just seven months.


Global Recycling Day was launched in 2018 by a coalition of world recycling organizations and businesses. The theme of the day for 2019 is “Recycling into the Future,” and will seek to highlight the way that recycling can be a foundation for both combatting climate change and ecological collapse, as well as boosting global employment and capturing hundreds of billions of dollars worth of economic value.

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