After promoting the first World Recycling Day on May 17 and launching a World Council of Associations involved in this activity around the globe to reinforce its actions, the World Recycling Summit held for three days in Barcelona concluded this Wednesday with the declaration that thus "a true global movement has been created" and it was reported that the actions of recycling materials in the world suppose a reduction of 700 million tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to 100 kilos of CO2 per person and year.
The World Recycling Summit closed on Wednesday with the conviction that it has been created "A true global movement" in an emerging sector that already contributes to curbing theclimate change.
About the BIR
Founded in 1948, theBIR was the first association to support the interests of the recycling sector on an international scale. Today, the BIR represents more than 760 associated private sector companies and 36 national associations from more than 70 countries. Together, its members constitute the largest recycling industry association in the international arena.
HeBureau of International Recycling (International Recycling Office) promotes the recycling of materials and facilitates the free and fair trade of recyclable materials in a sustainable and competitive world economy. HeBIRIt has four recycling divisions: non-ferrous metals; ferrous metals, paper and textiles, and three special committees on stainless steel and special alloys, plastics and tires.
According to the BIR report onthe first World Recycling Day, its recycling projects worldwide contribute to meeting up to 4 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030):Decent employment (In the EU alone, recycling has created 300,000 jobs and there is great potential in other areas),Universal primary education (Local economies can invest in education part of the benefits of a successful recycling system),Fight diseases (recycling centers and better waste management improve the sanitary conditions of local communities, especially in emerging economies), Ensure environmental sustainability (Recycling helpsreduce CO2 emissions by at least 700 million tons per year (equivalent to about 100 kilos per inhabitant per year). Of this total, the estimated savings in annual CO2 emissions only from the production of secondary metals (aluminum, copper and ferrous) reaches572 million tons.
World Council of Recycling Associations
In its final statement, the BIR has underlined that "Recycling saves energy, reduces air and water pollution, and conserves natural resources", and has constituted in its bosom aWorld Council of Recycling Associations.
This World Council will help promote sustainable best practices around the world, especially in developing countries, where it will develop recycling programs, and will spearhead the push for new studies and academic research that provide real and statistical information, independent of contributions from the recycling industry, for example, on the influence of the sector on increasing GDP, employment or reducing landfills.
The World Council will also promote free trade in recyclable materials, as well as the environmentally sound management and use of recycled materials, encouraging manufacturers to design products with a greater focus on recycling.
World Recycling Day
The levels of participation in the World Recycling Day, established for the first time on May 17 by theBIR , sexpectations exceeded, laying the groundwork for a repeat of the event for years to come. So stated Sophy Norris, ofFlagship Consulting, a company in charge of turning the event into a world reference for recycling and its industry. Norris reiterated that"Created a real movement" around recycling, which is the world's seventh resource, along with water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals,therefore, the BIR has proclaimed itself a true benchmark in its field of expertise.
World Recycling Day received the support of 10 world leaders, including UN Environment Director Erik Solheim, UN Under-Secretary-General Nikhil Seth and Dr. Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment. Engagement with the United Nations "exceeded expectations," according to Sophy. Norris. Steps are being taken towards close collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the United Nations Environment Program has also engaged as well. "The manifesto is opening doors," he insisted.
Several renowned global companies, such asGreenpeace, WWF, Coca-Cola, Dell and Nestlé also joined the initiative. Some are already thinking about next year's participation. In fact, speaking of the future, Sophy Norris highlighted four areas of focus: attracting more corporate sponsors committed to recycling; greater engagement with UNIDO to work for the official recognition of World Recycling Day; continuous participation in all channels; and ensure that the BIR is linked to World Recycling Day.