Global Recycling Day - March 18


Every year on March 18th, Global Recycling Day invites everyone to look at their trash in a different way. The initiative serves as a reminder that much of our trash is reusable, recyclable or not really trash at all.

Worldwide we dump an astonishing 2.12 billion tons of waste. That number includes food, electronics, paper waste, and much more. Eventually, there will be no place to put it all if we don’t develop creative solutions to eliminate and reduce waste.

Communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals promote recycling, reusing, and repurposing items. They also host competitions inspiring a wealth of recycling know-how. It’s an opportunity to develop new ways to use old things and make it a regular habit.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalRecyclingDay

  • Host an event in your community.
  • Develop new ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose what we already have.
  • Start composting fruit and vegetable scraps.
  • Learn food preservation.
  • Start recycling cans, paper, and plastic.
  • Encourage your community leaders to implement and support recycling.
  • Examine your trash. How can you change what you throw to reduce your waste’s impact on the Earth?
  • Visit the Bureau of International Recycling for more information.
  • Share your experiences using #GlobalRecyclingDay.


The Bureau of International Recycling established Global Recycling Day in 2018. That same year, the United Nation Industrial Development Organization recognized the event. Since then, organizations around the world have joined the observance by supporting events that increase awareness and encourage international cooperation that will help to reduce the amount of waste we produce.