Global Recycling Foundation calls for gender equality

The Global Recycling Foundation (GRF) marked International Women’s Day by calling for wider recognition of women and genuine gender equality in the recycling industry.

Women play pivotal roles throughout the recycling industry, from the informal waste collectors sorting materials in communities to the executives leading global initiatives. But sadly, they remain underrepresented in leadership and technical roles which means that we are missing out on a wealth of talent.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day #InspireInclusion urged us to imagine a world where everyone’s voice is heard, their perspectives are valued, and both men and women have seats at the board room table.

The Global Recycling Foundation encouraged everyone to participate actively in #InspireInclusion, fostering an environment where women in the recycling sector thrive, lead, and contribute shoulder to shoulder alongside their male colleagues to help create a sustainable future for everyone.

Susie Burrage OBE, Vice President of GRF, said, “Supporting the advancement of women in the recycling sector is crucial. Their executive insight often introduces unique perspectives and innovative solutions, which ultimately drives positive change within the industry.”

Burrage, who is also President of BIR and Managing Director of Recycled Products UK, together with Global Recycling Foundation long term supporter, Robin Wiener, President of ISRI, are inspirational female role models and together are shaping a landscape where aspirations know no gender.

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