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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.  

New Year message from BIR Director General Arnaud Brunet

Dear BIR members, Writing a New Year message may seem an easy exercise: quickly look back at the past year, select noticeable events, figures and information, and deliver an energetic, ambitious and positive message for the year ahead. I confess I even considered taking the easy road by copy-pasting my last year’s message and simply change the date. But you would probably have noticed… On a more serious note, when I look back at 2021, among the ...

European Commission Waste Shipment Regulation proposal: BIR warns: “Circular Economy must remain global”

On 18 November, the European Commission revealed the proposed changes to its 2013 EU Waste Shipment Regulation. The Regulation controls both imports and exports, of both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, within the EU and to third countries outside the EU. The existing Regulation had set the rules to ensure potential adverse effects on the environment and public health caused by shipments of waste are avoided. With this proposal, the Commissio ...


10 January 2022
BIR would like to share with its members the updated documents regarding exports to Malaysia, which we received today. As a reminder, the new rules are coming into force today, 10 January 2022 (see B ...
07 January 2022
Following our news of 5 January 2022 announcing that the Malaysian Guidelines for the Importation and Inspection of Metal Scrap and Guidelines for the Importation and Inspection of Waste Paper will c ...
05 January 2022
The Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) media release informs that the Guidelines for the Importation and Inspection of Metal Scrap and the Guidelines for the Importation an ...
21 December 2021
Following the announcement in our latest BIR World Mirror on Non-Ferrous Metals on 9 December, we are pleased to inform you that we have obtained the translation of the Chinese National Standards GB/ ...
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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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