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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is the only global recycling industry federation representing more than 30,000 companies around the globe, with a direct membership of around 700 companies and 38 national associationsfrom 67 countries. BIR 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.  

“Those Three Amigos are back in town! - The Challenge Live”

26 April 2022
"The Challenge Live" in Barcelona on 23 May 2022 10:30 CEST Olé, olé, olé! Yes indeed, the Final Countdown is on, and it’s not just in Europe, but in the sensational Big B – Barcelona – with a live edition of our bi-monthly programme “The Challenge”, front and centre as part of BIR’s World Recycling Convention’s Opening session, a marquee special edition of the highly acclaimed show. And what a show it promises to be! The Three Amigos – The ...

A unique review of important achievements and big challenges – the BIR Annual Report 2021 is ready!

21 April 2022
Dear BIR member, We are very pleased to share with you the recently completed BIR Annual Report 2021. Featuring a host of sector-specific reviews of last year, the new publication highlights key developments and data as well as BIR’s activities on your behalf during what has been a period of heightened uncertainty for the entire recycling industry. This flagship publication, the contents of which was completed several weeks before the Ukraine ...


16 May 2022
In business, we often talk about a perfect storm but never about a perfect calm. So while plastics recyclers are enjoying the benefits of massive demand and extremely high prices, when they come to ...
16 May 2022
Just when you thought it was safe to talk about a return to normality….. Throughout most of 2021, the stainless steel sector was tracing an upward trajectory as it recovered from the worst excesses ...
16 May 2022
The conflict in Ukraine is creating uncertainty while rising inflation rates may trigger a recession. However, demand and prices for recycled materials remain high. The COVID outbreak in China is ...
16 May 2022
The Bureau of International Recycling is pleased to announce the arrival of a new member of staff, Ms Alev Somer, as from Monday, 16 May 2022. Ms Somer has over 7 years of experience in Public ...
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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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