BIR Tyres & Rubber Committee: New Chairman Sets Goal of Closer East/West Co-Operation

Heading up his first meeting as Chairman of BIR’s Tyres & Rubber Committee, Max Craipeau of China-based Greencore Resources Ltd confirmed that he wanted to use his new position to promote closer co-operation between the industry in the West and that in Asia “where very innovative solutions to recycle tyres and rubber scrap are also […]

International Environment Council: Game-Changing Developments for Plastics Recycling in Europe

“We need to convey the message that recycling is resource-efficient and climate-efficient,” insisted Emmanuel Katrakis, Secretary General of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation, in his presentation to the BIR International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in Budapest on October 14, 2019. Focusing on the main policy and regulatory drivers behind a “reshaping” of plastics recycling in […]

BIR E-Scrap Committee: Time to Change from a “Hazard” to a “Risk” Approach to Recycling in Europe

Challenges and innovation in WEEE recycling within Europe formed the core of a guest presentation to the BIR E-Scrap Committee meeting in Budapest on October 14, 2019. In terms of challenges, Chris Slijkhuis of Austria’s Müller-Guttenbrunn Group (MGG) highlighted material losses through illegal scavenging, collections and exports. In addition, the linking of EU waste and […]

BIR Stainless Steel & Special Alloys Committee: “Soft Patch” for Stainless Steel while Nickel Surges to Five-Year High

Recent weeks have brought the “confusing” reality of substantially higher nickel prices but a fall in stainless steel values, according to Joost van Kleef of Oryx Stainless BV in the Netherlands. “So how is that possible?” the Chairman of the BIR Stainless Steel & Special Alloys Committee asked the body’s latest gathering on October 15, […]

BIR Plastics Committee: Meeting Focuses on “Unavoidable” Technological Advances in Plastics Recycling

“The alarm bells are ringing louder and louder” for plastics recyclers amid worrying economic developments and wider uncertainties, warned BIR Plastics Committee Chairman Henk Alssema of Netherlands-based Vita Plastics in his introductory remarks to the body’s latest meeting in Budapest on October 14, 2019. But while many companies are currently beset by problems such as […]

BIR Ferrous Division: Obstacles to Free Trade in Recycled Materials also Stand in the Way of Sustainability

“I think we can agree that there is no place for quotas, tariffs and bans in the scrap industry,” insisted Greg Schnitzer of US-based Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. in Budapest on October 15, 2019. The BIR Ferrous Division’s President was responding to a guest presentation delivered to the body’s latest meeting by Viktor Kovshevny of […]

BIR Paper Division: Delegates Debate the Outlook for Europe’s Recovered Fibre Surplus

Over the course of the next three to four years, Turkey could provide a home for a significant proportion of Europe’s recovered fibre surplus, it was indicated at the latest meeting of the BIR Paper Division. By the year 2023, Turkish paper mills are expected to have developed a combined annual production capacity of between […]

BIR Textiles Division: Brexit Adds Complexity to Already-Difficult Market Conditions

The textiles recycling industry is suffering from a combination of high supply, falling quality and payment issues among some customers, stated Martin Böschen of Switzerland-based TEXAID – Textilverwertungs AG in his summary of market reports delivered to the BIR Textiles Division meeting on October 14, 2019. “We also need to find better recycling solutions for […]

BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division: “No Way Back” Following Transformation in Scrap Trade Flows

According to David Chiao of US-based Uni-All Group Ltd, the main issues affecting non-ferrous scrap businesses at present are the US/China trade war, political instability around the world and a widespread decline in manufacturing, with some countries’ automotive industries recording 10 % production drops over the recent period. At the same time, scrap metal flows […]

Spotlight Discussion on Global Trade: “Misrepresented” Recycling Industry is Telling “The Right Story”

Despite the multiple challenges engulfing the recycling industry, there are also many reasons to be optimistic about its prospects. This was the overarching conclusion drawn by contributors to a debate on global trade which kicked off BIR’s latest World Recycling Convention, held at the Budapest Marriott Hotel on October 14 and 15, 2019. Session moderator […]