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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 World Recycling Convention in Amsterdam: A World Recycling Convention of Milestones as BIR looks to the future

24 May 2023
- First female President in BIR’s 75-year history; - Largest ever attendance at a BIR Convention; - Convention returns to BIR’s birthplace, Amsterdam; - Membership numbers at historic high. The Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR) World Recycling Convention in Amsterdam (22-24 May 2023) is one for the history books. As well as celebrating BIR’s 75 years in the city of its birthplace, the focus at the event has been on a modern, connected ...

BIR Amsterdam Convention - Non-Ferrous Metals Division: Environmental issues are global and so require a collective solution

24 May 2023
“Over the last two or three years, more and more countries have begun to look at raw material security,” observed BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division President Dhawal Shah of India-based Metco Ventures LLP in addressing the body’s latest meeting, held in Amsterdam on May 22. However, he argued, sustainability and climate change were global issues and so “the solution will have to be found collectively”. During her review of global trading ...


30 May 2023
Regulation is required not only to create stability in supply and demand for recycled raw materials but also to assist the further development of the recycling industry, insisted BIR Plastics ...
29 May 2023
Some 73% of used textiles are still destined for energy recovery or for landfilling whereas only 1% are recycled in a closed loop. At the same time, the textiles industry is the fourth-largest CO2 ...
29 May 2023
Taking the proactive approach to safety was one of the key themes to emerge from the BIR Shredder Committee meeting in Amsterdam on May 23. Alev Somer, BIR’s Deputy Director for Trade & Environment, ...
26 May 2023
The global reach of e-waste issues was illustrated at the latest meeting of the BIR E-Scrap Committee, with guest presentations shedding light on latest developments in Europe, South America and the ...
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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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