Germany – BIR is spearheading the formation of a new body ‘to take forward the message of facilitating free and fair trade of recyclables with minimum regulatory controls’, it was announced at the world recycling organisation’s annual general assembly in Berlin last week.
The BIR World Council of Recycling Associations will bring together the presidents of the various recycling associations of the world to ‘work together to tackle the challenges facing the global trade of recyclables’, explained BIR president Ranjit Baxi.
Baxi also expressed the hope that BIR efforts to launch a Global Recycling Day would come to fruition in 2017. This event will be designed to celebrate the importance of recycling and to promote the major environmental contribution of the recycling industry.
In this context, BIR’s 2016 report on ‘The Environmental Benefits of Recycling’ has concluded that 572 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided each year by the recycling industry’s global activities in just three areas – ferrous, aluminium and copper. By extension, therefore, the recycling industry’s efforts across all the commodity sectors could be reducing such emissions by well over 700 million tonnes per annum, Baxi suggested.
The Berlin convention was attended by more than 900 people from 57 countries – ‘a great result’ given that ‘our industry is currently going through one of the most testing times we have ever experienced’ in terms of pressure on demand and margins, according to Baxi.
BIR is targeting October 2017 for its first-ever convention in India, with Baxi describing the country as ‘an extremely important and growing market for our business’.
Recycling Internationaly will publish the full BIR report in the upcoming June/July issue.
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