Welcome to BIR!

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.  

Banner challenge

Take up your front row seat! – Registration is now open for the BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition May 2021

2020 taught us the importance of resilience and that the recycling industry thrives on connections and collaboration. The next edition of the BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition will once again provide a platform for the international recycl ...


19 March 2021
To mark Global Recycling Day (18 March), the Global Recycling Foundation announced the ten #RecyclingHeroes who have each won a $ 500 prize thanks to their dedication and innovation in local recyclin ...
18 March 2021
The Global Recycling Foundation (GRF) today pledges to support the planting of 250,000 trees by 2030 in its drive to reduce carbon emissions as the planet faces up to its greatest environmental chall ...
16 March 2021
The Global Recycling Foundation is calling for Recycling to be at the forefront of discussions when World leaders gather for the COP26 meeting in the UK in November 2021. Recycling, known as the Seve ...
15 March 2021
Every year, recyclables save over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions, according to the Global Recycling Foundation. The organisation projects this will increase to one billion tonnes by 2030. Major ...
More news


Access the full Members Directory, get legislation updates, participate in the bi-annual conventions...



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.

Logo Global Recycling Foundation

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.

Stay up to date with our news, market information, legislative updates and events.