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Global Recycling Day 2021 – March 18

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Global Recycling Day 2021 March 18 newGlobal Recycling Day is annually observed across the globe on 18th March to promote the importance of recycling across the globe. The day calls for the world to work together to change the mindset of governments, business, communities and individuals across the globe to consider recyclables as resources.

The theme of the Global Recycling Day 2021 is “Recycling Heroes”. 

The theme of 2021 recognises the people, places and activities which showcased the importance of recycling towards an environmentally stable planet.

Mission of Global Recycling Day:

  • To inform the world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue
  • To ask people across the globe to think of recyclables as resources and not waste.


i.On 6th October 2018, the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) launched the Global Recycling Foundation at its World Recycling Convention in London.

ii.The Global Recycling Foundation, run as an independent organisation with an aim to promote and support the global recycling industry and to showcase the importance of recycling towards preserving the future of Earth.

iii.The Global recycling day was initiated by the BIR and supported by Global Recycling Foundation and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization,

iv.The first-ever global recycling day was observed on 18th March 2018. 

Importance of Recyclables:

i.Every year, the recyclables, the “7th Resource”, save over 700 million tonnes in carbon emissions and it is estimated to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030.

ii.The process of recycling is a vital part of the circular economy which helps to protect natural resources.

Recycling in India:

i.There are more than 7500 plastic recyclers, 312 registered e-waste recyclers and 5 registered construction and demolition waste recycling units in India.

ii.India recycles around 95% of e-waste through the network of informal waste pickers.

iii.It is estimated that around 60% of the plastic waste in India are recycled.

About BIR:

BIR was the first federation to support the interests of the recycling industry on an international scale.

President– Tom Bird
Director General– Arnaud Brunet
Founded in 1948