Founded in 1948, BIR was the first federation to support the interests of the recycling industry on an international scale. Today, BIR represents more than 30,000 companies around the globe, with a direct membership of around 800 companies and 38 national associations from 68 countries. Together, these members form the largest international recycling federation.
BIR comprises four Commodity Divisions : iron & steel, non-ferrous metals, paper and textiles, and has four Commodity Committees dealing with stainless steel & special alloys, plastics, tyres & rubber, and E-scrap.
The federation provides a dynamic forum for its members to share their knowledge and experience. It serves as a platform to establish successful business relations and to promote recycling among other industrial sectors and policy makers.
BIR is a non-profit organisation under Belgian law. BIR statutes (Articles of Association), Internal Regulations (including Guidelines for Chairpersons) and Anti-Trust Policy (BIR Anti-Trust Policy) were revised and approved in February 2019. The registered office is currently headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
The Bureau of International Recycling promotes materials recycling and facilitates free and fair trade of recyclables in a sustainable and competitive world economy.
Other key goals of BIR and its members are: