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BIR president urges India to take centre stage over recycling

India – The BIR will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI) in its campaign to promote recycling across the country, the world recycling body’€™s president Ranjit Baxi has assured the MRAI’€™s annual conference in New Delhi.

India’s recycling rate growth would be driven not only by this campaign but also by regulations under consideration such as for end-of-life vehicles, according to Baxi. Having noted the International Monetary Fund’s latest forecast that India would record the world’s fastest economic growth of 7.5% in 2016, he added: ‘The next 10 years belong to India to lead the world and so let’s ensure that recycling takes centre stage as India marches on to lead the world economies. I can also see India growing to be an exporter of recyclables as well as an importer over the next 10 years.’

Baxi also urged more Indian companies to join with BIR on the world stage to further the organisation’s global work to reduce the legislative burden on recycling businesses, enhance employment, reduce carbon emissions, and promote free and fair trade of secondary raw materials.

During an awareness workshop involving key government officials and the trade, BIR director general Alexandre Delacoux argued that free trade was ‘a necessity’ if recyclables were to go where they were most needed or where they could be recycled most efficiently.

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