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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.

BIR statement on China’s new standards regarding copper, brass and aluminium scrap

BIR welcomes the fact that China’s new standards for aluminium, brass and copper scrap recognise that scrap, when sorted and processed to meet ahigh quality standard, ceases to be waste and is a product. BIR members sort and process scrap to these q ...

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 ...


13 February 2020
The BIR leadership has recently agreed on the BIR Convention dates for 2022 & 2023 and has confirmed the venue for this year’s October convention. For member associations and companies to better plan ...
06 February 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3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 天津奥赛盛业金属制品有限公司 7404000090 铜废碎料 140 140 天津港口岸新港港区 2 天津好料供应链有限公司 ...
30 January 2020
Ten winners will receive a $1000 prize on Global Recycling Day 2020 On Monday 3 February 2020, the Global Recycling Foundation will launch its global #RecyclingHeroes competition, celebrating the uns ...
20 January 2020
BIR has obtained the links to the official Chinese documents. More detailed information will follow. The following pages require Flash Player and need to be activated.
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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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