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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.

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.  

New Year Message from Arnaud Brunet, BIR Director General

Dear Members, 2020 is a year that we all want to forget, and while we most certainly will keep in our hearts and thoughts those who suffered from the pandemic, it is time to look ahead and decide what our future will be, with a strong determination. ...

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14 January 2021
Don’t miss out on this highly relevant new feature programme for BIR members only! Being informed, knowing what’s going on, that’s what you need for your business to flourish! Today’s “Challenge” add ...
13 January 2021
There is still time to register for the first edition of our new bi-monthly webinar series “The Challenge”! On Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 14.00 CET you will witness a live discussion-based webinar ...
12 January 2021
The count-down is on! In a couple of days, BIR launches the first edition of “The Challenge”, a new ground-breaking, cutting-edge bi-monthly series addressing crucial topics requiring immediate up-to ...
11 January 2021
Join us on Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 14.00 CET for the first edition of BIR’s new ground-breaking, cutting-edge bi-monthly series addressing crucial topics requiring immediate up-to-date informati ...
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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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