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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.  

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Take up your front row seat! – Registration is now open for the BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition May 2021

2020 taught us the importance of resilience and that the recycling industry thrives on connections and collaboration. The next edition of the BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition will once again provide a platform for the international recycl ...


12 May 2021
Non-Ferrous Metals Division: Competing distractions for non-ferrous scrap sector Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 15.00 - 16.00 (CEST) COVID continues to provide a backdrop to day-to-day business life, althou ...
10 May 2021
Keynote address by Lucy Hawking, daughter of world-famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking “Cosmic sustainability: the Universe is a recycler!” Tuesday, 1 June 2021, 13.40 - 14.40 CEST BIR is pr ...
07 May 2021
E-Scrap Committee:The main challenges for the 2020s Tuesday, 1 June 2021, 12.30 - 13.30 (CEST) Over the last year or so, technology has helped us all to cope more effectively with social and business ...
05 May 2021
Tyres & Rubber Committee: Momentum favouring use of recycled rubber Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 11.00 - 12.00 (CEST) Although end-of-life tyres (ELTs) provide a large proportion of the material handled a ...
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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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