BIR was the first federation to support the interests of the recycling industry on an international scale. Today, BIR represents over 760 member companies from the private sector and 36 national associations in more than 70 countries. Together, these members form the largest international recycling federation. 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. To promote free trade, the environmentally sound management of resources and the use of recycled materials worldwide.
BIR is a non-profit organisation under Belgian law. Their statutes (Articles of Association) and Internal Regulations (including Guidelines for Chairpersons) were revised and approved in April 2016. 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:
- To speak as one voice representing the international recycling industries globally;
- To raise public awareness of their economic and environmental contributions such as the reduction of energy consumption and of greenhouse emissions;
- To promote free trade, the environmentally sound management of resources and the use of recycled materials worldwide;
- To encourage manufacturers to design products with a better understanding of the possibilities for recycling;
- To provide its members with a proper forum to discuss issues of importance to the international recycling community;
- To provide its members, through arbitration, with a fast and efficient means to resolve commercial disputes.
Areas of Work
BIR offers its members timely information about the international recycling markets, their legislative context and the latest technologies. Its work is structured according to the following commodity divisions:
and commodity committees