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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.


The recycling industry
in Budapest

  • BIR is coming to Budapest !

    The eyes of the recycling industry will be on Budapest this October – at this crucial juncture in today’s international trading environment, the industry must address significant questions if we are to deliver a truly effective response to all the challenges that the future holds. This will be the focus of the opening session at the World Recycling Convention (Round-Table Sessions) in Budapest, with a special “Spotlight discussion on Global Trade”. 

    With over 800 expected participants, a packed conference programme, and a fully-booked exhibition, BIR Budapest 2019 is the most significant meeting point for key decision-makers from the recycling industry worldwide in this last half of the year. The event will take place in the newly renovated Budapest Marriott Hotel, located on the beautiful Danube banks.

  • Discover the full programme

    All plenary meetings, committee meetings, divisional luncheons and the exhibition will take place at the Budapest Marriott Hotel.

    Please note that this schedule is tentative and may be subject to small amendments prior to the convention. Additional workshops may be announced at a later stage.

    Simultaneous interpreting into English, German and French will be provided during the plenary sessions.


    Registration fees include:

    • Participation in the plenary meetings and workshops
    • One invitation to the Welcome Reception on Monday, 14 October 2019
    • One divisional buffet luncheon including drinks per convention day
    • Access to the exhibition and networking area
    • Access to the Gold Member Lounge (for BIR Gold Members)
    • Accompanying life partner’s complimentary Welcome Reception invite (if applicable)
  • Budapest Marriott Hotel

    Budapest Marriott Hotel welcomes you to Hungary’s capital city with modern style, exceptional service and an unbeatable location.

    Tucked along the banks of the Danube River, our hotel is near some of Budapest’s most treasured landmarks, from the Chain Bridge to Buda Castle.

    Intuitively designed rooms and suites, all recently updated in a major renovation, offer scenic views of the river and home-like comforts including high-speed Wi-Fi, deluxe bedding and an ergonomic work-space.

    Elsewhere at the hotel, you can enjoy a delectable meal at DNB Budapest or sip an artisan cocktail at Liz and Chain Greatroom Bar. 


Latest news

17 September 2019
Dear BIR Member, Further to our news dated 9th September 2019, BIR has just received the official communication from the Secretariat of the Basel Convention pertaining to the entry into force of the ...
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10 September 2019
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09 September 2019
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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


As a direct result of the success of Global Recycling Day 2018, the Global Recycling Foundation was born in October 2018. The Foundation, formed by the Bureau of International Recycling but run as an independent organisation, will promote and support the global recycling industry in its mission to showcase the crucial role of recycling in preserving our planet’s future.

The creation of the Global Recycling Foundation is a crucial step in securing the long term future of Global Recycling Day and other initiatives aiming at the promotion of a global and united approach to recycling.

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