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Metal recyclers to lobby for 'pull' mechanisms

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Metal recyclers have said they are prepared to work with ministers on measures to invigorate secondary material markets.

The Government’s industrial strategy green paper, released on 23 January, vowed to work with stakeholders to “promote well-functioning markets for secondary materials”.

In response, the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has welcomed the pledge, and suggested it could lobby for mandatory carbon capture and storage alongside a requirement for secondary material use in public procurement.

It said there was “irrefutable” evidence that using scrap metal over ore concentrate was environmentally beneficial, and called for more transparency on recycled content levels in materials, where possible.

“The BMRA is ready to work with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) to help shape a strategy that truly supports UK businesses across the recycling supply chain and beyond,” a statement said.

“Deploying ’pull’ mechanisms that promote the use of locally produced materials rich in recycled content will help to support a robust national circular economy and embrace the use of innovative technologies.

“This is turn will result in a thriving economy and also secure valuable resources for us and future generations.”

Stakeholders have until 23 June to respond to Beis regarding the paper.

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