Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2021.

Huntingdon, UK – 8 February 2020: BMRA is pleased to support the Global Recycling Foundation’s search for #RecyclingHeroes in celebration of Global Recycling Day on 18 March 2021.

Global Recycling Day will once again shine a spotlight on #RecyclingHeroes from around the world while celebrating the fact that recycling was recognised as an essential industry throughout the pandemic.

#RecyclingHeroes aims to recognise both known and unknown heroes across the world. Heroes can be individuals or businesses, members of the public or world leaders, councils or communities in villages, towns and cities.

All those entered will have a chance to win one of the 10 $500 USD prizes on offer and the prospect of being showcased in the run up to Global Recycling Day on its social media channels.

James Kelly, CEO of the BMRA, said: “Throughout this pandemic, recycling heroes have kept the waste industry moving while achieving real environmental gains. From individuals who go above and beyond to ensure discarded metals are recycled to Government ministers who agreed that we are an essential industry, all should be celebrated.

“I am pleased to support Global Recycling Day and its ambitions to recognise, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving primary resources and promoting the greater use of secondary resource such as scrap metal.”

To nominate your #RecyclingHeroes, visit Alternatively, for further information, contact the Global Recycling Foundation: [email protected]  

For further information, please contact:

Antonia Grey

t. 01480 455249

m. 07812 037613

e. [email protected]

Twitter @BMRAUK






Notes to editors:


1. The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) represents the £7 billion UK metals recycling industry.

2. The UK metal recycling industry is so efficient at recovering metal from end-of-life products that more is recovered than can be consumed domestically. As a result, over 80 per cent of all ‘waste’ metal is now destined for export. This means we are competing against suppliers from the USA and Japan who are not required to characterise recycled metal as waste.

3 Every tonne of recycled steel saves: 1.5 tonnes of iron ore, 0.5 tonnes of coal, 70% of the energy,

40% of the water, 75% of CO2 emissions, and 0.97 tonnes of CO2.