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BIR World Recycling Convention Week 2020:
Opening Speech from BIR President

Get the facts: World steel recycling in figures 2015 – 2019

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19 October 2020
At the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division’s eForum in June this year, much of the debate had surrounded China’s proposed “recycled material” reclassification system covering brass, copper and cast alumi ...
16 October 2020
“The risks right now are much higher than the opportunities,” stated BIR Textiles Division President Martin Böschen of Switzerland-based TEXAID * Textilverwertungs AG in delivering his latest market ...
16 October 2020
Not for the first time, regulations took centre-stage in discussions hosted by the BIR Plastics Committee. Its webinar on October 14 featured an in-depth review of the implications of Basel Conventio ...
15 October 2020
In the year 2000, China was consuming around 100 million tonnes of steel per year but this figure has since soared to between 800 and 900 million tonnes. As a consequence, “we do see China’s steel sc ...
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GLOBAL RECYCLING FOUNDATION

RECYCLING IS A GLOBAL ISSUE

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

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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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