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New global recycling group formed

A new body to represent recycling associations and influence global trade issues has been established by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR).

BIR president Ranjit Baxi, of UK-based J&H Sales International, said the new World Council of Recycling Associations would enable the presidents of worldwide recycling associations to “work together to tackle the challenges facing the global trade of recyclables”.

The move was agreed at BIR’s annual general assembly in Berlin, at which Baxi also backed BIR efforts to launch a Global Recycling Day in 2017.

He said such an event would celebrate the importance of recycling and promote the environmental contribution of the recycling industry.

The BIR’s recently updated report, The Environmental Benefits of Recycling, calculated that 572 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided each year by the recycling industry’s global activities in ferrous, aluminium and copper.

By extension, Baxi said that recycling across other commodity sectors could be reducing such emissions by more than 700 million tonnes a year.

The BIR is planning to stage a convention in India in October 2017 with Baxi describing the country as “an extremely important and growing market for our business”.

  • Tom Bird of Mettalis Recycling, based in Sheffield, will be the new BIR treasurer for an initial two-year period.

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