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The initiative was kicked off at the BIR World Recycling Convention in New Delhi with the switch-on of the website and the launch of the Day's social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and...
During a full-day BIR workshop dedicated to India's recycling potential, Singh confirmed the country's steel production capacity is to increase to 300 million tonnes by 2030. 'Recycling can play a...
For businesses in the EU, meanwhile, the export market has quietened somewhat and prices have retreated - a case of the market ‘taking a deep breath and stepping back’. However,...
As well as a general economic overview of the global non-ferrous scrap market, delegates will be treated to three guest presentations. Deepak Mahendra, former managing director of Chassis Brakes...
In effect, no-one is clear on what will be permitted to enter China and what will be restricted; all plastic scrap - whether production, industrial or consumer waste - falls under the same HS Code,...
'ISRI fully supports the efforts of the Chinese government to improve environmental protection and standards within its domestic recycling infrastructure. However, we disagree that a ban on the...
This 'brief overhang' of scrap in China was caused, the Mirror suggests, by the Beijing government's programme to eliminate induction furnaces. At present, it also notes, basic oxygen furnace...
China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 18 of its plans to stop accepting imports of certain wastes by the end of 2017 as part of its National Sword campaign. Despite lamenting the...
Closure of induction furnaces in China has created displaced volumes of scrap, some of which have been dispatched to a number of other Asian countries - including India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan...
During the very first of 14 meetings, BIR’s advisor on China’s policy and regulatory developments Ma Hongchang warned the world association’s non-ferrous metals division that, under...
Global Recycling Day will present the perfect opportunity to inform the public, governments and policy-makers about the crucial role played by the recycling industry in ‘creating a clean and...
The appointment was announced by BIR president Ranjit Baxi at the BIR Convention in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the world recycling organisation, Brunet headed Sony Europe Brussels Office, managing...
Writing in the latest World Mirror, Chiao relates how a major Chinese aluminium consumer recently placed an import order for Zorba but was supplied with demolition waste containing no metal value at...
He confesses himself 'appalled' by comments from the Central Pollution Board of India suggesting the recycling of plastics is harmful to humans. ‘I wish I could convey to them that in the UK,...
The more recent reduction in Chinese steel values has also impacted all markets across Asia and ‘prices for finished steel in almost all countries have softened’, it is also noted in the...
The BIR delegation comprised president Ranjit Baxi, non-ferrous metals division president David Chiao and also Ma Hongchang, BIR’s special advisor in China. Baxi told CAMU representatives...
Up to 220 kg of scrap must be used for every tonne of steel produced in the country by 2020, whereas calculations by the China Association of Metal Scrap Utilisation suggest the scrap usage average...
Representing various disciplines from design through to manufacture and recycling, the eight recruits include Alan Wheeler who is director of the UK’s Textile Recycling Association and also...
Immediately following the Chinese New Year celebrations, it is reported that the country’s customs authorities began to step up import inspections in a bid to prevent smuggling of electronic,...
The 'foreign waste' smuggling activities of concern to the Chinese authorities cover, for example, industrial, electronic, household and plastic waste. As part of this clampdown, Chinese customs...
Expectations had been of a ‘very strong’ first quarter in Asia but, instead, softness has afflicted prices of chrome and ferrous scrap. A number of buyers had built their scrap stocks...
China’s steelmaking capacity closures have been ‘more aggressive than anyone may have anticipated’ and have included the move to close all induction furnaces, said to represent an...
Funded by BIR as well as by several other organisations and companies, the visit enabled BIR's representatives to explain in detail the benefits of importing primary sorted mixed clothing and...
BIR launched a brochure at its Amsterdam convention last October which details the thinking behind a Global Recycling Day, including increasing the profile and awareness of recycling worldwide while...
In China, meanwhile, industry is having to adapt to ever-stricter rules which are partly behind the announcement from the country’s biggest zinc smelter that it is to cut production. In late...
As for fibre prices, OCC strengthened from US$ 170-plus per tonne at the start of October to end the year at US$ 180-plus whereas mixed paper climbed from US$ 143-plus to US$ 158-plus over the same...
According to Baxi, BIR conventions remain the premier meeting places for the recycling industry, across all commodities. 'But we hear you loud and clear when you complain that there are more people...
'Stay tuned.' That was the advice offered by guest speaker Wade Schuetzeberg after having alluded to the distinct possibility that the Chinese government will shortly impose new import controls and...
Each year, he underlined, the recycling industry prevents at least 700 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions - an estimate based on the findings of an in-depth scientific study published at the...
Over the last couple of months, LME nickel has been ranging from around US$ 9650 to US$ 10 800 per tonne, with gains attributed mainly to the proposed nickel mine closures in the Philippines - which...

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