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Ferrous Division: China’s policy shift implies major repercussions for steel scrap flows

Objectives enshrined in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan include cutting domestic crude steel production capacity and boosting the use of scrap-intensive electric arc furnaces over the more traditional blast furnace route. China’s policy shift implies “r ...


07 June 2021
In its Announcement No. 39 of 2021, the Chinese General Administration of Customs* has decided to adjust the catalog of import and export commodities that must be inspected and have included eight 10 ...
03 June 2021
Severe restrictions on recovered paper exports from Europe to the rest of the world would be “a very big mistake”, warned BIR Paper Division President Jean-Luc Petithuguenin of France-based Paprec in ...
02 June 2021
Once again, potential threats to the transboundary movement of scrap fell under the spotlight at today’s online meeting of the BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division, hosted by its President David Chiao of ...
02 June 2021
With the EU set to publish a dedicated roadmap for achieving circularity in textiles, the recycling landscape was already changing and further significant developments were certain to take place over ...
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The Global Recycling Foundation supports the promotion of recycling, and the recycling industry, across the world to showcase its vital role in preserving the future of the planet.

Our mission is to fund educational and awareness programmes, which focus on the sustainable and inclusive development of recycling, across the world.

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Securing the future of our planet


Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together, and put the planet first.

Our mission is twofold:

  • To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.
  • To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the goods around us – until this happens we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.

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