BIR AS is one of Norway's largest waste disposal companies, and is responsible for the waste management of over 365,200 residents in our owner municipalities. The company also offers waste solutions for business.

BIR AS is owned by the municipalities Askøy, Bergen, Bjørnafjorden, Kvam, Osterøy, Øygarden, Samnanger and Vaksdal. All of the municipalities, with the exception of Øygarden, have assigned BIR responsibility for the statutory tasks related to handling the waste from household customers who live in these municipalities.

As of 31 December 2019, the company had 473 employees and a turnover of NOK 1,013.3 million.

BIR aims to own and manage companies carrying out the collection, transport and processing of consumer waste, as well as industrial, commercial and hazardous waste.

Our business
BIR is divided in two, one part is run as a monopoly, and the other operates in a competitive market.

For the collection and processing of household waste, the monopoly responsibility has been delegate to BIR by its owner municipalities. BIR’s fully owned subsidiary, BIR Nyverdi AS, is set up to carry out these tasks.

The part of BIR’s operation exposed to market competition, is allocated to other group subsidiaries: BIR Bedrift AS, BIR Husholdning AS, BIR Infrastruktur AS, BIR Nyverdi AS, BIR Ressurs AS. BIR also owns 49% of BKK Varme AS which produces and sells district heating, using waste energy from BIR’s incineration plant.

What we do
waste management is based on both home collection and delivery arrangements. Households have separate bins or containers at home. In addition, residents in BIRs municipalities can use a variety of return points for waste such as glass and metal.  They can also use recycling stations to bring their electric-, hazardous- and bulky waste. It is important to sort the waste correctly at home so that the waste it can be recycled into new products or energy.

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