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Baird presidency targets crime and resource efficiency

Professor Jim Baird has become president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) for 2015-16.

He said the themes for his year in office would include the need for renewed efforts to tackle waste crime through collaborative working with industry and regulators, and the importance of promoting resource efficiency and the circular economy.

Action on the latter would be a “core building block” of the CIWM’s work, he said, stressing the role that producers and manufacturers could play in supporting collection and treatment. Baird also promised a report on the subject later this year.

Baird trained as a civil engineer at the University of Glasgow, and is now chair of waste and resource management in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University.

He marked the start of his presidential year at the CIWM inauguration event in Glasgow by launching a report commissioned from Social, Environmental & Economics Solutions and the University of Brighton on the current framework for measuring recycling across Europe, which showed significant inconsistencies.

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