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Global Recycling Day: Stakeholders collaborate to raise awareness

Environmental enthusiasts in Nigeria on Saturday, March 17, 2018 joined other folks across the world to mark the inaugural Global Recycling Day with an event “A Walk for Sustainability and Recycling” in Abuja.

Participants at the Global Recycling Day event in Abuja

The walk was put together by a leading recycling company in Nigeria, Chanja Datti Recycling, in collaboration with Transcorp Hilton, #PickThatTrash initiative, and “Stop Don’t Drop”.

Participants engaged in a two-hour long roadside walk from the Transcorp Hilton gate, through the Federal Secretariat, to the Eagle Square and back to the Unity Fountain, beside the Transcorp Hilton. A total of 112 kilogram of recyclables were gathered at the close of the event.

The Global Recycling Day was initiated by Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) and has called on the United Nations to annually recognise March 18 as Global Recycling Day in its roster of awareness days. The aim of Global Recycling Day is to unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve the six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas, and minerals) and celebrating what is described as ‘the seventh resource’ – the materials recycled every day.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, Global Recycling Day’s manifesto was launched along with a public clean-up campaign with the help of the Catholic Diocese and the City of Johannesburg. While at the head office of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) in Sydney, over 50 academics and industry experts gathered to recognise Global Recycling Day and discuss cross-sector collaborations.

In Nigeria, there has been constant urge by relevant stakeholders for the Federal Government to keenly strengthen recycling startups and companies in the country. Hundreds of Nigerians who are aware of the Global Recycling Day have also pledged to cultivate a recycling habit and further educate other people within their respective communities and through their different online platforms.

By ‘Seyifunmi Adebote, Abuja

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