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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.

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 ...

BIR Copenhagen 2024 - General Assembly: Plastics Committee granted Division status as BIR continues to evolve and innovate

29 May 2024
“It’s been a truly exceptional year, with lots of great initiatives and new projects,” declared BIR President Susie Burrage OBE of UK-based Recycled Products Ltd in her opening comments to the world recycling organization’s latest General Assembly, held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen on May 28. In all its activities during her 12 months in office, she added, BIR has continued to be guided by “our unwavering commitment to defending free and ...

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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 ...
04 June 2024
Shredder numbers worldwide climbed around 4% in the 12 months leading up to late May’s BIR Convention in Copenhagen. The BIR World Shredder List total had jumped from 1181 to 1229 over this period, ...
03 June 2024
The pivotal role of recycling in guaranteeing a sustainable supply of critical raw materials (CRMs) was emphasized at the meeting of BIR’s International Environment Council in Copenhagen on May 29. ...
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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.