BIR to organize city-wide clean-up campaign to celebrate Global Recycling Day in Johannesburg on March 16

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BIR to organize city-wide clean-up campaign to celebrate Global Recycling Day in Johannesburg on March 16

March 13, 2018 - 07:26
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BRUSSELS, March 13, 2018 (Press Release) -A day of events has been confirmed in Johannesburg, , including a city-wide clean-up campaign, to celebrate Global Recycling Day. It will be held on Friday 16 March, just two days ahead first ever Global Recycling Day (18 March).

Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power of the “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day.

The Department of Environmental Affairs, the City of Johannesburg, Pikitup (the official integrated waste management service provider to the City of Johannesburg) and the Catholic Church of Johannesburg are all joining forces to help spread the two key messages of Global Recycling day across the city, and South Africa: that recycling is too important not to be a global issue and that South Africans (and citizens across the world) need to think ‘resource not waste’ when it comes to recycling and reusing the goods and materials around then.

There will be two key events taking place at the St Charles Lwanga Catholic Church in Orange Farm.

  • At 8:00am, there will be a talk from the Director-General Waste Mr Buthelezi from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the management from the City of Johannesburg and from Pikitup as well as the Bishop from the Catholic Church. There will also be stands and representatives from recycling organisations including Petco, PRASA, the Glass Recycling Company and PlasticsSA.

All representatives will add their names to the global petition started by Global Recycling Day, asking the UN to officially support the Day, and calling on world leaders to take a whole world approach to recycling.

  • At 9:00am, 300 volunteers will take part in a city-wide clean-up campaign, organised by the Catholic Church and the City of Johannesburg. The team will all be sporting Global Recycling Day t-shirts. All the recyclable materials collected will be going to two co-operatives which focus on Waste Management (Siyaphumelela and Itsoseng) and are run by the Youth from Orange Farm, a Waste Co-operative.

Press wanting to attend, film or carry out interviews are asked to arrive at 11:00am, and ask for Ms Boitumelo Dlamini who will be organising the interviewees. The full address is Charles Lwanga Catholic Church Stand 11693 Ext 7A, Orange Farm – Ward 5, 1805, Gauteng, South Africa.

About Global Recycling Day

Global Recycling Day is an initiative of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).

BIR is the global federation of the recycling industry, representing the interests of the global industry.

One of BIR’s key objectives is to promote recycling globally – showcasing its benefits to industry, policy makers and the wider community.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of BIR (indeed 18th March is its 70th birthday), a landmark year in which to create a day which recognised the vital role recycling and the industry plays in protecting the planet.

The first ever Global Recycling Day will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power of the newly termed “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. The new initiative is the brain child of Ranjit Baxi, who announced his vision for a day dedicated to recycling at the inauguration of his Presidency at BIR’s 2015 Dubai Convention.

Global Recycling Day will be a day of action, aimed at building a global approach towards recycling, calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling. Consumers are also being asked to ask themselves some key questions about recycling, to think of it in a new way.