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The Global Recycling Foundation is inspiring inclusion for International Women's Day

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The theme for this year's International Women's Day #InspireInclusion urges us to imagine a world where everyone's voice is heard Adobe Stock Images

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 everybody is missing out on a wealth of talent.

The theme for this year's International Women's Day #InspireInclusion urges us to imagine a world where everyone's voice is heard, where unique perspectives are valued, and both men and women have seats at the boardroom table.

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

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

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

Their resilience, leadership, and commitment to excellence in the recycling sector serve as guiding beacons for others to follow.  Their stories inspire women to break free from stereotypes and work collectively toward a world where every individual, regardless of gender, is empowered to make a positive impact.  By celebrating the achievements of women role models, we not only acknowledge their successes but collectively propel the entire recycling industry towards greater diversity and equality and towards the collective mission of #InspireInclusion. 

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