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New Global Recycling Foundation gives fresh impetus to promote recycling

| The recycling industry remains one of the world’s “best-kept secrets” and its story needs to be told to future generations in order to help them in the preservation of the planet. So said BIR World President Ranjit Singh Baxi at the latest meeting of the World Council of Recycling Associations (WCRA), at which he made major announcements surrounding Global Recycling Day.
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Expert view is that a Brexit agreement is likely

| A waste and resource management specialist from within the UK government’s Department for International Trade has expressed confidence that a Brexit agreement will be reached between the UK and the rest of the EU.

‚Raw material’ crucial for recycling

| New provisions such as the circular economy package from the EU have given a huge boost to the use of recycled materials. Alpla welcomes this development, but is calling for consistent thinking and actions.

PET value chain urges policymakers to support its circularity

| The EU Single Use Plastics Directive Proposal is currently under the assessment of the European Parliament. The proposal foresees the consumption reduction of PET trays - a circular packaging product with a high amount of recycled content.

Tariffs “create more problems than they will solve”

| “Tariffs are a very blunt instrument and can give a lot of unintended consequences,” declared Edward Meir in his guest presentation to the latest meeting of the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division on October 7.

IHS Markit predicts the plastic storm

| According to IHS Markit, rapidly changing consumer expectations for plastics and increasing regulations or bans are creating market challenges and disconnects for producers
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“Strong mutual dependence” between US and Turkish scrap markets

| Despite the Section 232 measures adopted by the Trump administration, US scrap markets still rely on exports. Indeed, Turkey’s reliance on US scrap imports has increased since the start of the current year, it was revealed by Fastmarkets metals analyst Lee Allen in his guest presentation to the latest meeting of the BIR Ferrous Division, held in London on October 6.

Bulgarian Textile Recyclers comment on eco-tax

| At the BIR London Convention’s “Workshop on the Bulgarian Eco-Tax on Second Hand Clothing” on 8 October 2018, the Bulgarian Association of Recyclers and Traders of Second Hand Clothes (ARTSHC) explained the proposed changes to its national laws affecting second hand clothing.

Global Recycling Day 2019 announced

| The theme of next year’s Global Recycling Day will be „Recycling into the future“, focusing on „the power of youth, education and innovation in ensuring a brighter future for the planet.
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BIR launches Global Recycling Foundation

| The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has launched the Global Recycling Foundation at its World Recycling Convention in London, where it also invited members to become the first cohort of Foundation „Friends“ when they donate.

First International E-Waste Day aims to raise public awareness of e-waste

| The very first International E-Waste Day is being held on the 13th October to promote the correct disposal of electrical and electronic equipment throughout the world.

Experts urge drastic waste reduction measures

| The new World Bank report, “What a Waste 2.0,” gives a clear and indisputable case for waste reduction, according to an international network of NGOs and waste experts, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA).

WCRS calls for more consistent approach to plastics recycling across the UK

| Waste management company Waste Cost Reduction Services (WCRS) Ltd has called for a more consistent approach to recycling across the United Kingdom following a recent report by the BBC into the variations in recycling practices.

Global waste to grow by 70 per cent by 2050

| Without urgent action, global waste will increase by 70 percent on current levels by 2050, according to the World Bank’s new What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 report.