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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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07 July 2020
On 6 July 2020, the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China published the 9th batch of waste import quotas for 2020*. Ac ...
07 July 2020
According to reports from our contacts in China, the country’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed that China will be banning the import of solid waste as from 2021 and therefore will n ...
02 July 2020
The European Commission has just published a notice on the “Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and the EU Rules in the Field of Transboundary Shipments of Waste”, which provides more explanations on th ...
25 June 2020
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) e-learning tool “Control of Radioactive Material Inadvertently Incorporated into Scrap Metal” was launched three weeks ago. Since then, more than 150 peo ...
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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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