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Metal Recycling's "unique contribution" must be recognised, says BMRA

A call for more political recognition of metal recyclings key role in meeting EU recycling targets was made by the president of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) this week. Speaking at the BMRAs annual dinner president Peter Brookes said that the industrys importance is often overlooked and that politicians need to: Recognise the industrys unique contribution to the UK economy, to the environment and to European targets, which has too often been taken for granted. He also expressed concerns about creeping bureaucratisation and over-regulation hampering businesses. While he said that it had been a good year for the industry, he added red tape meant that the average recycling site deals with between 15 and 20 strands of environmental regulation. Without this industry, the UK could not meet its [waste reduction] targets. Our industry is also a significant contributor to the economy. In 2006, only the US and Russia exported significantly more than we did. It is time for politicians and the metals recycling industry to work together to get infrastructure and legislation right, he added, saying that the BMRA would lobby for such change. In coming years, recovery and recycling of metals will be critical to the UKs success in achieving a sustainable future. Now is the time to gear up to take advantage of the environmental and economic advantages presented by metals recovery. Image: President of the BMRA Peter Brookes speaking at its annual dinner

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