BMRA is a proud supporter of the Bureau of International Recycling's (BIR) Global Recycling Day. Taking place on the 18 March, Global Recycling Day was created to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet.  It is a Day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.

Its mission is two fold:

  1. To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach, to recycling is urgently needed.
  2. To ask people across the planet to think resource, and not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.

There are six major natural resources on the planet: water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals. Now, recyclables have joined them, as the world’s Seventh Resource.

Without recycling, all our used and discarded fridges, plastic bottles, packing boxes, cars, cell phones and paper cups will contribute to the growing waste mountains, which are either incinerated or sent to landfill – never to be used again. Without recycling, we have no option but to continue stripping the earth of her finite virgin resources.

BIR has set out the vision for the Seventh Resource in its Recycling: The Seventh Resource Manifesto which was sent to world leaders, UN organisations and environmental activists in 2018.  It can be downloaded HERE.

In the coming months, BMRA will release details of activities for Global Recycling Day.

BMRA is keen to communicate the benefits of metal recycling for the environment and advocates the adoption of best practice across the metal recycling industry. We are please to be working with the World Land Trust (WLT), demonstrating our shared values and proving our commitment to environmental responsibility and our drive to promote the benefits of using secondary raw materials. In 2017, BMRA donated £5,000 to WLT’s Saving Kinabatangan Borneo Appeal to help fund the purchase and protection of parcels of rainforest along the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo for the wealth of wildlife that depends on this habitat.

As a naturalist, I have been to places where you can see, feel and hear the impact of global warming and deforestation. Given the environmental protection benefits and carbon dioxide emissions reductions associated with metal recycling, I find it heartening that groups such as the BMRA are joining the fight to raise awareness of the significant environmental issues our planet is facing. I am particularly pleased that the Association has chosen to support our WLT Borneo Appeal, which is a project that is very important to me.

Steve Backshall, World Land Trust Patron and wildlife presenter.


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