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Regional focus to BIR convention in Hong Kong

Asia – A panel discussion and a focus on Japan’€™s recovered paper industry will form the centrepieces of the BIR world recycling organisation’€™s paper division meeting in Hong Kong on May 23.

To be moderated by Recycling International’s chief editor Martijn Reintjes, the panel will examine some of the main challenges facing the paper recycling sector – including sea freight increases, quality demands and unstable prices – and consider what the future might hold.

Panellists will include Nobuyuki Shiose of Daiwa-Shiryo Co. in Japan, Dominique Maguin of La Compagnie Des Matières Premières in France, BIR world president Ranjit Singh Baxi of UK-based J&H Sales International and Brian Taylor of US magazine ‘Recycling Today’.

Also at the meeting, Shiose will offer his thoughts on the outlook for the Japanese recovered paper industry against the backdrop of global fibre flows and streams.

Among other speakers at the Hong Kong convention will be Luo Hong Jian, manager of Sheng Dong Hua, who will present the BIR textiles division gathering on May 22 with an overview of used textiles collection, sorting and recycling in China at a time when the country’s overseas shipments are undergoing rapid expansion to the point where it has become the fifth largest exporter of used clothing in the world.

He will assess the outlook for exports as well as measures being developed to facilitate sorting processes and nurture new recycling markets. And Nigel Mattravers, director & general manager of ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions (Hong Kong) Limited, will speak at the BIR plastics committee meeting on May 24 on the theme of ‘Challenges and opportunities in the plastics recycling business in Hong Kong’.

His company has been awarded a government contract to develop Hong Kong’s first integrated waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management service.

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