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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.

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.  

Save the date for The Challenge – 4th edition “Playback and pay it forward”

Save the date for "The Challenge"! Thursday, 9 September 2021, 14.00 CET “Summer time and the livin’ is easy” – Well, in the northern hemisphere at least, and maybe it’s something of a false narrative in the wake of this tumultuous pandemic period – ...


23 July 2021
Given the current COVID pandemic, the 2021 meetings of the United Nations Basel Convention Conferences of the Parties will be held in two segments: one taking place online and lasting five days from ...
23 July 2021
Inter-governmental experts agree that the metals recycling industry should remain vigilant as radioactive sources continue to be found in scrap and as radioactivity is detected in some, albeit few, m ...
22 July 2021
After more than a year of virtual get-togethers, let’s all meet again in-person to rekindle business conversations, reconnect, share social experiences, and have fun! The BIR Global Trading Forum wil ...
22 July 2021
On July 14, the European Commission published its proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) among its “Fit for 55” package of policy instruments covering climate, energy, transportatio ...
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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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