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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.

A message from BIR President Tom Bird

Dear BIR Member, The situation across the planet has unfolded in an unprecedented way, affecting our daily lives, our interaction with our friends and family, and also our businesses. In these trying times I want to reassure you that you can continu ...

BIR postpones World Recycling Convention in Istanbul - New dates: (11) 12-14 October 2020

Dear BIR member, After due consideration of the current spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in many countries across the globe, BIR leadership has decided to postpone the upcoming World Recycling Convention in Istanbul and reschedule the event on ( ...


24 March 2020
At this unprecedented time as the world adopts severe and wide-ranging measures in a bid to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, BIR Ambassadors* have volunteered to provide our ...
19 March 2020
As a follow-up to our news dated 3 March, BIR continues to collect feedback regarding the impact of the Coronavirus on the international recycling markets. The recycling industry is beginning to expe ...
19 March 2020
To mark Global Recycling Day (18 March), the Global Recycling Foundation announced the ten #RecyclingHeroes who have each won a $1,000 prize thanks to their dedication and innovation in local recycli ...
19 March 2020
Dear BIR Member, I would like to follow up on our President’s message and keep you informed on how the BIR Secretariat has reorganized its work methods in order to protect the health of its staff whi ...
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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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