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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is the only global recycling industry federation representing around 800 companies and 35 affiliated national recycling associations from 70 different countries. Its members are world leaders in the supply of raw materials and a key pillar for sustainable economic development.

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European Commission Waste Shipment Regulation proposal: BIR warns: “Circular Economy must remain global”

On 18 November, the European Commission revealed the proposed changes to its 2013 EU Waste Shipment Regulation. The Regulation controls both imports and exports, of both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, within the EU and to third countries outsid ...


18 November 2021
Latest developments in the ever-shifting but ever-expanding world of electrical and electronic equipment recycling were debated at the BIR E-Scrap Committee webinar broadcast on November 17, with exp ...
17 November 2021
It has been said many times over recent years that electrical and electronic equipment constitutes the world’s fastest-growing waste stream, but it is also something of a moving target. As we heard a ...
12 November 2021
The latest webinar hosted by the BIR International Environment Council (IEC) took place under a cloud of apprehension ahead of the imminent release of the European Commission’s proposed revision of E ...
12 November 2021
Debate at the latest BIR Paper Division webinar on November 10 was dominated by an issue of paramount importance to recyclers of all commodities, namely disruption to global logistics. The event also ...
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The Global Recycling Foundation supports the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet.

Our mission is to fund educational and awareness programmes, which focus on the sustainable and inclusive development of recycling, across the world.

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Securing the future of our planet


Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.

Our mission is twofold:

  • To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.
  • To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.

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