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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.

New Year Message from Arnaud Brunet, BIR Director General

Dear Members, Starting a new decade is always somewhat exciting. It seems that we can “reset” the counter, and that it opens new opportunities. We like to believe that everything will be different, and better. The last decade was full of challenges ...

BIR invited to co-chair the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership

BIR Environment and Trade Director Ross Bartley co-chairs the new initiative that involves various stakeholders, with the aim to improve and promote the environmentally sound management of plastic waste at the global, regional and national levels. A ...


20 January 2020
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08 January 2020
Use your web browser to translate into your preferred language 附件:建议批准的限制进口类申请明细表(2020年第2批) 序号 加工利用单位 废物编号 废物名称 核定进口量(吨) 分量(吨) 批准口岸 备注 1 天津埃森金属制品有限公司 7404000090 铜废碎料 160 160 天津港口岸新港港区 2 天津博瑞特金属制品有限公司 ...
24 December 2019
Use your web browser to translate into your preferred language 附件:建议批准的限制进口类申请明细表(2020年第1批) 序号 加工利用单位 废物编号 废物名称 核定进口量(吨) 分量(吨) 批准口岸 备注 1 玖龙纸业(天津)有限公司 4707100000/4707200000/4707300000 废纸 54000 6000 天津 ...
11 December 2019
Dear Colleagues, 2019 has proved to be a challenging year for our industry on many fronts. Global political uncertainty, macro economic issues, environmental regulations and trade wars have all consp ...
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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.

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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