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Recyclers seek place at climate change talks

The new president of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has told members he will work for the organisation to be involved in discussions on climate change.

Ranjit Singh Baxi, above, the chairman and founder of UK-based J & H Sales International, took over from Björn Grufman at BIR’s annual meeting in Dubai.

He said increased recognition and respect for the recycling industry’s environmental contribution was at the top of his priority list.

The recycling industry had been responsible for 10bn tonnes of carbon emission savings since the turn of the Millennium, he said, and yet was not part of climate change discussions.

“With your support,” he told delegates, “I would like to change this.”

Baxi said a Global Recycling Day would help boost the reputation of the sector and he called on recyclers to work together to ensure controls on movements of recyclables were kept to a minimum.

Bjorn Grufman

In his final address, Grufman, left, warned recyclers of the need to develop or die. “We must aim to become even better. With fewer impurities and with less energy consumption, we must be able to process our recycled raw material to a point that is as good as, or even better than, primary material.

“Buyers must be given good reason to choose our recycled raw materials over primary raw materials.”

It was the role of BIR, he added, to guide decision-makers and the recycling industry “along the path towards the sustainable society of the future”.

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