The Global Recycling Foundation has announced ten winners of its Recycling Heroes 2024 award.

The international winners will receive $1000 each and have been selected from nominations received from individuals, business leaders, sole traders, multinationals and schools for their work to promote the value of recycling.

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Recycling Heroes 2024 winners

The winners from Africa are:

Abiona Toluwalase of Lagos, Nigeria, who is an environmentalist and founder of the Zero Plastic Straw Community.

Dipesh Pabari, who leads The Flipflopi Project in Lamu Archipelago, Kenya, which has an innovative model for sustainable plastic waste management in the region.

Hellena Sailas, CEO of Arena Recycling Tanzania, who has worked on the establishment of plastic waste collection centres, beach clean-ups and the construction of sanitation facilities using eco-bricks in primary schools.

The winners from Asia are:

From Afghanistan, Rahmanullah Shirzad who works as an advocate for the integration of climate change considerations into national and local policies.

In Tamil Nadu, India, the Green Women Compost Production Company which operates in the solid waste management site of the local government body.

The winners in Australasia are:

Not-for-profit organisation Soap Aid, based in Australia, has been awarded for its Soap Aid Hotel to Hands Programme, which has recycled over 3m bars to date.

The winner in Europe is:

Netherlands-based recycling centre Despray Environmental managing director Mike Mackay who has been recognised for the company’s patented aerosol recycling technology.

The winners in North America are:

In the US, Scrap University Kids president Jessica Alexanderson who is on a long-standing ocean-waste recycling mission and is creating a youth movement through educating schools about metal recycling.

In Canada, Plastic Bank CEO and founder David Katz who has been recognised for his solution to exchange plastic as a currency.

In the United Kingdom, the winner is:

Nicola Jones from South Wales who has worked in the national steel industry for 25 years and has been awarded by the Global Recycling Foundation for dedicating her career to the recycling of steel packaging.