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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 over 950 companies and 37 national associations from 70 countries. BIR members are world leaders in the supply of raw materials and a key pillar for sustainable economic development.

BIR publishes position paper on chemical recycling: Mechanical recycling must take priority and be incentivized

24 April 2024
Today, BIR publishes its latest position paper on chemical recycling. The result of solid collaborative work with BIR national member associations, the paper highlights that chemical recycling needs careful consideration and well-informed, market-based policies to ensure that it complements rather than competes with traditional recycling methods. Mechanical recycling must remain the preferred method on a large scale whereas chemical recycling ...

BIR launches global membership magazine The Recyclist

16 April 2024
Today marks the official launch of The Recyclist, a new biannual magazine published by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), that has been created for the membership organisation’s 1000+ members, as well as key stakeholders across the world. The Recyclist will first be revealed at the ISRI 2024 Convention in Las Vegas at 12.50 PDT today, when BIR President Susie Burrage OBE will present the magazine on-stage during the live ‘Pile of ...


22 May 2024
Recovered Paper: A state-of-the-market snapshot Following difficult trading conditions throughout most of 2023, some market players were allowing themselves a moment or two of optimism towards ...
22 May 2024
Electrics, Electronics and EV Batteries: The growing end-of-life electronics/batteries challenge: a multifaceted approach for sustainable solutions The ever-increasing volume of end-of-life ...
21 May 2024
International Trade Council: The revised EU Waste Shipment Regulation: adjusting to a new regulatory world After much debate and no little controversy, the new EU Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) was ...
17 May 2024
International Environment Council: Recycling and securing the supply of critical raw materials The pivotal role of recycling in wider efforts to guarantee a sustainable supply of strategically ...
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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.