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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.  

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



27 November 2020
Although successful trials with various vaccines are offering hope for the medium and long term in the fight against the Coronavirus, the pandemic appears certain to remain a significant factor in bu ...
27 November 2020
BIR would like to share with its members the following announcement* made by the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment: MEE Announcement No. 53 2020 The "Law of the People's Republic of China o ...
23 November 2020
We are pleased to inform you that the Proceedings of the BIR World Recycling Week are now online (Members Only), providing a host of economic and legislative information and a valuable source of mark ...
19 November 2020
Dear BIR member, We have successfully completed the recent BIR World Recycling Convention Week, our first full virtual event offering a host of webinars and interactive networking opportunities. Many ...
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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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