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.  

BIR meets in person in Brussels on 25-26 October 2021! Registrations are now open!

"The Challenge" Special Convention Edition, live from Brussels!

Yes, it’s finally happening: “The Bash in Brussels”, a return to a live convention of BIR, that event we’ve all been waiting for! And front and center of the event will be a special edition of the highly rated BIR bi-monthly show “The Challenge” - t ...


22 September 2021
In these last months before implementation, and after consultation with companies and associations and other stakeholders within and outside Malaysia, SIRIM QAS International is promoting later in Se ...
13 September 2021
According to BIR sources in China, two national standards** - GB/T 40382-2021 "Recycled Wrought Aluminum Alloy Raw Materials" and GB/T 40386-2021 "Recycled Pure Aluminum Raw Materials" - were officia ...
13 September 2021
Are you ready to reconnect with the global recycling community in Brussels? Two days of extensive trading opportunities! Registrations are now open for the in-person BIR Global Trading Forum in Bruss ...
07 September 2021
Highly informative, incredibly entertaining and unmistakably unique - the fourth edition of BIR’s renowned cutting-edge bi-monthly series will yet again address crucial topics requiring immediate up- ...
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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.

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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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