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‘Shocking facts’ from recycling authority Ranjit Baxi

United Kingdom – Recovered fibre expert Ranjit Baxi of UK-based J&H Sales International, a stalwart and past president of the BIR world recycling organisation’s Paper Division, has authored a book entitled ‘Recycling our Future’ which provides an insight into the challenges facing the industry and individuals as the world contemplates growing mountains of waste.

To be available in June, the book is about ‘the forces and drivers that impact upon the recycling business – it is about the practicalities’, notes its publisher. It also ‘provides some interesting or shocking facts and figures’: in 2004, for instance, 55 billion aluminium cans were buried in landfill, littered or incinerated, which was 9 billion more than in the year 2000.

The book also notes that recycling 1 tonne of paper saves 24 to 31 trees, 4000 kWh of energy, 270 litres of oil, 26 000 litres of water and 3.5 cubic metres of landfill space.

The book contains contributions from experts around the globe and the author reveals how waste has a value and how it is traded on the financial markets. He suggests that waste should be treated as a good investment rather than as a problem to be shunned.

Ranjit Baxi has spent more than 30 years in global trading and is an expert on the emerging Far Eastern markets. A contributor to leading trade journals, he regularly speaks about recycling at international forums.

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