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.