Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of MRW, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

BIR launches 'United Nations' of recycling

Recycling associations across the world have established a global council to deal with international issues.

The World Council of Recycling Associations was unveiled at the Amsterdam convention of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).

BIR president Ranjit Baxi said the council – “the United Nations of Recycling” – had been created to give a unified voice to the international recycling industries in their bid to develop awareness among policy-makers, legislators and the general public of the economic, social and environmental contributions of the industry.

The council will also help to promote best sustainable practices in developing countries, he added: “It will work as a thread to help them build on their recycling programmes.”

Baxi said that because the BIR had 800 member companies and 35 national recycling federations, it was the ideal organisation to lead such an initiative.

Mark Lewon, chair of the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said the increased level of co-ordination offered by a world council “will make the position of the industry much stronger”.

Salam Sharif, president of the Bureau of Middle East Recycling, said a unified approach was the only way to convey positive messages in a world moving from a linear to a circular model.

And Dominique Maguin, president of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation, stressed the importance of “sharing our views and defending the interests of the industry we represent”.

Currently more than 60% of BIR membership is within the boundaries of the EU and Russia.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.