Welcome to BIR!

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.

Please note that that BIR staff is currently working from home in accordance with Belgian health and safety regulations.Therefore, you may contact us via email to bir@bir.org or, if you know the person you want to contact, use the individual email address or mobile phone numbers indicated in the person’s email signature.  

The BIR Global Trading Forum in Brussels on 25-26 October 2021 is sold out! Registrations are now closed

Due to the high number of registrations and the limitations imposed by current Belgian Covid-19 regulations, we had to restrict the number of additional participants we can welcome at the venue to ensure the wellbeing of all. Online registrations are now closed. Onsite registrations are not feasible - please also check our Health & Safety Protocols.

"The Challenge" Special Convention Edition, live from Brussels!

Yes, it’s finally happening: “The Bash in Brussels”, a return to a live convention of BIR, that event we’ve all been waiting for! And front and center of the event will be a special edition of the highly rated BIR bi-monthly show “The Challenge” - t ...


19 October 2021
BIR members and the whole international recycling industry will meet in person on 25 and 26 October in Brussels, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel. Over 450 participants, representing more than 2 ...
19 October 2021
The good performance of the recovered paper and board market is showing no signs of weakening, with selling prices continuing their gradual improvement. Demand in Europe remains highly satisfactory a ...
18 October 2021
Demand for recycled material has hit unprecedented highs while recyclate prices are remaining high owing to a pronounced scarcity. This is happening at a time of ambitious plans for increasing recycl ...
15 October 2021
The last six to seven weeks have been a period of both excitement and anxiety. These are the days when you have glorious sunshine - and also predictions of a downpour. While there has been a consider ...
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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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