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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.

Registrations now open!! Textiles Recycling: Separating Fact from Fiction at the BIR Textiles Division Event

26 June 2024
BIR Interactive Textiles Event: Calling all Recyclers, Brands, and Sustainability Leaders! Textiles Recycling: Separating Fact from Fiction at the BIR Textiles Division Event The narrative around end-of-life/end-of-use textiles is increasingly getting tangled. Media headlines often paint a one-sided picture, leaving the public struggling to understand the "real" story of used clothing, its place in the circular economy and the important role of ...

Important – your input needed: Fill in the 2023/24 Shredder Safety Survey

13 June 2024
All operators and owners of >1,000 HP car shredders are herewith requested to participate in the latest BIR Shredder Safety Survey, which you can fill in in one of five languages (the links lead you directly to the respective page): Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish As announced at the Shredder Committee plenary meeting during the BIR World Recycling Convention in Copenhagen in May 2024, BIR has launched the 2024 Shredder Safety ...

LATEST NEWS

11 July 2024
BIR President Susie Burrage OBE has appointed Emmanuel Katrakis as the new Chair of the organization’s International Trade Council. Emmanuel Katrakis is Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs at ...
26 June 2024
BIR Interactive Textiles Event: Calling all Recyclers, Brands, and Sustainability Leaders! Textiles Recycling: Separating Fact from Fiction at the BIR Textiles Division Event The narrative around ...
13 June 2024
All operators and owners of >1,000 HP car shredders are herewith requested to participate in the latest BIR Shredder Safety Survey, which you can fill in in one of five languages (the links lead you ...
07 June 2024
In a relatively short period of time, pyrolysis has evolved from having “a very bad reputation” to becoming “a real solution” for end-of-life tyres (ELTs) through its increasingly sophisticated ...
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Securing the future of our planet

SAVE THE PLANET.
SUPPORT RECYCLING.

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.