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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.

BIR invited to co-chair the new Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership

BIR Environment and Trade Director Ross Bartley co-chairs the new initiative that involves various stakeholders, with the aim to improve and promote the environmentally sound management of plastic waste at the global, regional and national levels. A ...

BIR Director General Arnaud Brunet attends CMRA forum and visits metals recycling companies in China

BIR Director General Arnaud Brunet recently attended the 19th China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association Recycling Metals Branch (CMRA) International Forum and Exhibition on 8-9 November 2019 in Ningbo, China. The two-day forum’s theme was “New Er ...


11 December 2019
Dear Colleagues, 2019 has proved to be a challenging year for our industry on many fronts. Global political uncertainty, macro economic issues, environmental regulations and trade wars have all consp ...
05 December 2019
Five top tips for an environmentally friendly winter season The Global Recycling Foundation (the organisation behind Global Recycling Day, which takes place annually on 18th March) is calling on peop ...
04 December 2019
On 3rd December 2019, the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China published its 15th batch of waste import quotas*, whic ...
02 December 2019
BIR continues to represent the interests of its members in the framework of the United Nations Basel Convention, with Environment and Trade Director Ross Bartley attending the third meetings of the E ...
21 November 2019
Dear BIR Member, We are pleased to inform you that the Proceedings of the BIR Budapest Convention are now online (Members Only). During the plenary meetings, a wealth of economic and legislative info ...
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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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