Throwing it back to two years ago when I volunteered for Wecyclers during one of their advocacy events in Lagos. I loved every bit of it. The feeling of being part of such a great movement was amazing. Imagine a world where we could take our old clothes back to the manufacturers and we got the same clothes again being made from our old clothes. Imagine if we could recycle waste paper all the time and we did not need to cut more trees. Imagine if we use our kitchen waste all the time to make compost and grow our own food. Just imagine how our streets would be cleaner, our drainages flowing freely and resources being conserved. There are numerous upsides to recycling but it is still a practice that is uncommon globally.
This is why on the 18th of March, 2019, Nigerian based ‘U-Recycle Initiative’ would be joining countries around the world to celebrate Global Recycling Day with the Global Recycling Foundation. The Global Recycling Foundation was created in 2018 with the mission to help recognize, and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet.
This year, with the theme, ‘’Recycling into the Future’’, Global Recycling Day aims to celebrate the power of recycling and make the world think ‘resource not waste’. The event is a part of multiple activities taking place across continents around the world in countries including the USA, South Africa, the UK, India, Dubai, and Australia. The U-Recycle Initiative will be hosting Nigeria’s first major Global Recycling Day event in Lagos on the 18th of March 2019.
About the U-Recycle Initiative
U-Recycle Initiative, sponsored by The Nigerian Child Initiative, Wildlife Africa Conservation Initiative, and Lagos Lagoon Keepers, runs workshops and programmes in Nigerian schools with the aim of educating children about the value of recycling. Their Global Recycling Day event which would take place between 10am-4pm on 18th March 2019 at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Ikeja, is expected to be a fun-fair style event with a host of activities. Aiming to attract over 150 guests, including schools, special guests and other interested members of the public, the event’s activities would include:
• Recycling Goals football challenge: The event will include a chance to take part in Global Recycling Day’s #RecyclingGoalscampaign. Based around football and recycling, the campaign tasks social media users to take a video of themselves scoring a football goal whilst pledging to make a long term commitment to better recycling practices. Participants can then tag #RecyclingGoals and #GlobalRecyclingDay on their social media feeds to spread the word.
• Upcycle Fashion Show: The event will also include a special ‘upcycle’ fashion show, with U-Recycle Initiative partnering with Green Fingers Wildlife Conservation Initiative to display fashion outfits made from recyclable materials.
• Recycle Art Exhibition/Contest: An art contest/exhibition will feature various artworks made out of recycled materials by students from local schools.
• Expert Talk session: The event will also include talks on recycling from experts and prominent individuals.
• Recycle Games: Games and activities will include a recycle obstacle course, where participants have to navigate the course of recycled materials as quickly as they can while carrying a recyclable object. Other activities will include recycling pin bowling and recycling skyscrapers, where each participant has to try and build the highest pyramid of cans in one minute.
The President of the Global Recycling Foundation Ranjit Baxi commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with U-Recycle Initiative to launch the first major Global Recycling Day event in Lagos, Nigeria. Recycling is a global issue and every one of us, in every corner of the world, must consider how we can encourage better recycling habits. By launching events and celebrating the power of recycling across the globe, we can encourage the world to think ‘resource not waste’, and help to promote a more sustainable future for our grandchildren.”
Also, you can make donations to:
Account Name: Green Fingers Wildlife Initiative
Account Number: 3126855561
Bank: First Bank
For further information about the event, contact the U-Recycle Initiative team:
Oluwaseyi Moejoh, +2348068310755
Bello Fathia, +2347088902263