BIR Barcelona Convention - Escrap Committee: WEEE volumes to keep growing, but what about profitability?
WEEE volumes are expected to grow by around 2 million tonnes annually in the medium term. But while most other forms of scrap undergo little or no fundamental physical change from one year to the next, the technical challenges facing e-scrap recyclers evolve almost from day to day as designers and manufacturers devise ever more complex products. And that means constant equipment upgrades and more expense for recycling businesses. Given the additional challenges of volatile pricing across the materials spectrum and the rising costs of freight, energy and manpower, is e-scrap processing a profitable business to be in? And if so, where are the best opportunities to be had? Come and hear what the experts have to say at the BIR E-Scrap Committee meeting on May 24.
The session will be chaired by Jan Visser, Managing Director of Mirec Benelux - part of Remondis/TSR, who has been appointed as Interim Chairman after the retirement of Dr Helmut Kolba. Mr Visser looks back at a long career in recycling, starting off in 1984 with his own company Visser Recycling Techniek. In subsequent positions, he gained experience in car recycling, recycling machinery, WEEE recycling of white goods and metals trading. Mirec Benelux is based in Belgium, offering companies and organizations a comprehensive package of recycling services for electrical and electronic equipment, in accordance with Belgian and European legislation and regulations. Mirec Benelux is now part of Remondis/TSR, after having operated under the flag of SIMS until 2019. Mr Visser will give a presentation on “Achieving the goals of a toxic free society and improving circularity”.
Delegates attending the session will also witness a presentation on “Li-Ion batteries from eMobility – Circularity & Recycling ” provided by Dr Alvaro Rodríguez de Sanabria, Senior Public Policy Manager Spain, Voi Technology. VOI is a micro-mobility startup that provides electric scooters for last-mile transportation, founded in 2018 and headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. VOI Technology is aiming to create a system of electrically powered scooters around urban centers to provide an affordable, sustainable, and exhilarating way to commute while helping people to reduce their carbon footprint and cities to have a more sustainable transportation network.