Fédération Internationale du Recyclage (FIR) was established in 1991 by the recycling associations of some EU Member States. Early on they had recognised that cooperation was needed to build a healthy recycling industry for construction and demolition waste (C&DW). Slowly this industry started growing in other parts of Europe, and so did FIR. Most of the national recycling associations for C&DW are now members of FIR, as are leading companies in those Member States where there is not yet a national association.
Since 2012 FIR also represents recyclers of Incinerator Bottom Ash (IBA), the main residue from household waste incineration. Recycling of IBA at this moment only takes place in a few EU Member States. The reason being, that currently only a handful of EU countries apply the Energy from Waste (EfW) technology. All existing national associations are members of FIR.
FIR stands for and promotes the high quality recycling of C&DW and IBA. It engages in discussions on European level regarding politics, environment and economy - and assists its members on a national level.