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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.

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COVID-19 Update by BIR Commodity Presidents/Chairmen: Volumes show some signs of recovery

As many countries move into a new phase of their response to COVID-19, BIR presents the latest in its series of expert updates on the impact of the pandemic on recycling markets around the world. The following article is based on contributions from ...


19 May 2020
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, one of BIR’s key aims has been to seek out regular virus-related updates from around the world and to disseminate relevant information to the recycling industry. To ...
19 May 2020
On 18 May 2020, the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China published the 7th batch of waste import quotas for 2020*. Ac ...
14 May 2020
According to recent press reports, the UAE has suspended exports of ferrous scrap and paper as from tomorrow, 15 May 2020, for a period of 4 months. This temporary measure is aimed at strengthening t ...
04 May 2020
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, BIR has sought to collate expert feedback on the impact of the virus around the world, with specific regard to how it is affecting the recycling industry. Th ...
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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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