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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.  

Important : Personal video message from BIR President Tom Bird

Get the facts: World steel recycling in figures 2015 – 2019



18 September 2020
BIR World Recycling Convention Week 2020 The global business platform for all recyclers New: One-to-one 24-hour networking opportunities A safe and successful BIR Convention for all concerned—this is ...
18 September 2020
On 17 September 2020, the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China published the 12th batch of waste import quotas for 20 ...
17 September 2020
The 12th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-12) of the UN Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal took place virtually on September 1 and 3, with ...
11 September 2020
As from 1 September 2020, Chinese customs authorities have been tightening the enforcement of the existing regulations regarding imports of recycled plastics pellets. They impose a penalty of between ...
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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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