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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 for BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition Copenhagen 2024!

15 February 2024
The next BIR Convention is in exactly 100 days' time – from Monday to Wednesday, 27-29 May 2024. We are bringing the global recycling community to the wonderful city of Copenhagen, in an unprecedented set-up within the modern and spacious Bella Center Copenhagen, a venue that offers a suitable, sustainable and comfortable space to welcome the rising number of participants and exhibitors. Save up to 200 € before 15 March! Your registration ...

BIR World Mirror on Ferrous Metals – Quarterly Report February 2024: Red Sea crisis added to list of market challenges and uncertainties

15 February 2024
A concise summary of the BIR World Mirror on Ferrous Metals – Quarterly Report February 2024. Full version with detailed market reports available in the Members Only section of the BIR website. For some considerable time, the steel industry in Europe has been forced to contend with a challenging combination of weak demand from many of the key consuming sectors and still-high energy costs. Meanwhile, low levels of industrial activity have led to ...

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29 February 2024
On 27 February, the European Parliament voted on its final approval of the review of the Waste Shipment Regulation, which was adopted by a large majority. The next step in the EU legislative process ...
29 February 2024
The Global Recycling Foundation (GRF) is challenging the recycling industry to reap the rewards of Voluntary Carbon Credits (VCC) and Plastic Credits. GRF says the industry stands to benefit ...
22 February 2024
The Global Recycling Foundation (GRF) is calling for innovative AI solutions to drive the growth of world trade in recyclables. The Foundation says AI can develop technologies which will ...
16 February 2024
A concise summary of the BIR World Mirror on Plastics – Quarterly Report February 2024. Full version with detailed market reports available in the Members Only section of the BIR website. Europe has ...
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GLOBAL RECYCLING FOUNDATION

RECYCLING IS A GLOBAL ISSUE

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

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.