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United industry celebrated by BMRA

Solidarity among international recycling organisations has been underlined by those attending the recent annual dinner of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) in London.

BMRA president Susie Burrage presented international awards to senior representatives of seven bodies with which the UK group has established ‘long and successful working relationships’. In turn, the associations individually thanked the BMRA and the UK metals recycling industry for their ongoing commitment to international relations and trade.

They were:

  • Bureau of International Recycling (Tom Bird)
  • Global Recycling Foundation (Ranjit Baxi)
  • EuRIC (Emmanuel Katrakis)
  • Material Recycling Association of India (Sanjay Mehta)
  • Bureau of Middle East Recycling (Mir Mujtaba Hussain)
  • Federación Española de la Recuperación y el Reciclaje (Alicia Garcia-Franco Zúñiga)
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (Brian Henesey and Robin Wiener)

In her speech, Burrage outlined BMRA activity in the preceding 12 months. Highlights included the highest membership numbers for several years, efforts against metal theft, initiatives on fire prevention and carbon as well as events attended in 2022 including BIR and EuRIC.

She also reminded the room about issues facing the industry such as changes to the EU waste shipment regulations, arguing that legislators do not have the industry’s knowledge of how free and fair trade without restrictions was vital to the success of metals recycling and, ultimately, the circular economy.

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