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‘Recycling crucial to India’s sustainable future’   

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India needs to adopt sustainable production and consumption with increased use of recyclable materials, effective waste management, and a scientific approach way of recycling, says the country’s recycling industry body MRAI.

The call comes as some 2 000 delegates and 200 exhibitors from more than 35 countries gather in Kolkata in the northwest of India for the organisation’s annual international conference and exhibition.

The theme of the conference is: ‘Recycling Industry Transition Towards Vision 2047.’  The three-day event will have detailed deliberations on a roadmap to achieve ‘Vision 2047’ towards sustainable consumption and production patterns to minimise environmental degradation. 2047 is the centenary of Indian independence.

Adopting sustainable production 

‘2024 will be the year in which India’s newly introduced reforms will propel it into a growth trajectory exceeding 8% to cross US$ 4 trillion [EUR 3.6 trillion] GDP’, says MRAI president Sanjay Mehta. ‘At the same time, climate change, pollution and dwindling natural resources are the major challenging issues that certainly require resource efficiency and promotion of the circular economy. Therefore, India needs to adopt sustainable production and consumption with [mandatory] minimum content of recyclable material, effective waste management, and a scientific way of recycling.’

Recycling creates jobs  

According to Mehta, India has the potential to become a global leader in recycling, given its vast population and the increasing awareness of the importance of sustainability. The country’s recycling industry creates jobs, reduces the impact of waste on the environment, and contributes to the country’s economic growth. The MRAI conference will spotlight the circular economy, net zero emissions, raw material security, zero import duties on non-ferrous metal scrap and innovative technology, among other topics. It will host sessions on plastics, tyres, EPR, ferrous, non-ferrous, and end-of-life

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