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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.  

BIR World Recycling Convention 2021 – new format, new programme, new perspectives!

Save the date! BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition 31 May – 2 June 2021 Our next BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition will take place on 31 May - 2 June 2021. We would all have hoped to meet in person, but given the present situation ...


02 March 2021
Get ready for the next edition of our signature programme “The Challenge”! Exceptionally, BIR opens this unique programme to members and non-members alike, so that a wider audience can benefit from t ...
25 February 2021
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24 February 2021
Electronic waste should now be regarded as the greatest threat to our planet, according to the Global Recycling Foundation. The United Nations has already warned that the current 53 million tonnes of ...
22 February 2021
BIR is thrilled to announce that Matthew Chamberlain, CEO of the London Metal Exchange, has agreed to join ”The Challenge” team (hosted by Michael Lion with resident co-anchor contributors Mark Selli ...
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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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