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Catch up with the latest Global eForum Highlights and video recordings: IEC, Ferrous and E-Scrap

  • 11 June 2020

E-Scrap: Pandemic takes a heavy toll on supply

Technology is playing a vital role in nursing the world through the current pandemic, not least by enabling businesses to continue to function through facilitating a huge increase in home-working. “I hate to think what would have happened if we hadn’t had the opportunities which have come through technology,” said BIR E-Scrap Committee Chairman Dr Thomas Papageorgiou of Greece-based Anamet SA during the E-Scrap commodity online session hosted by the world recycling organization on June 4 in the framework of the BIR Global eForum.

But while COVID-19 had underlined that electronics - and, by extension, the e-scrap management industry - were “very important for the whole globe”, recyclers’ activities were often viewed with unmerited “scepticism”, he lamented. Read more ... 

International Environment Council: Recycling industry is strategic, essential and intrinsically resource-efficient

In a wide-ranging review of legislative developments affecting the recycling industry, BIR Trade & Environment Director Ross Bartley opened the first-ever International Environment Council (IEC) eForum by stressing the importance of efforts to ensure that mechanical recycling remained rooted in the definition of recycling, which was currently being debated within the United Nations’ Basel Convention.

Also during the session, taking place on June 5 under the chairmanship of Olivier François of Galloo, Mr Bartley underlined the need to clarify the meaning of listings applying to a new Basel Convention regime for plastics wastes, which is scheduled to come into effect on January 1 2021.  Read more ... 

Ferrous: Substantially higher scrap use “the first logical step” to greener steelmaking

The ferrous scrap industry “has great long-term prospects” given the increasingly sharp focus on “green” steelmaking, the BIR Ferrous Division’s first-ever eForum commodity session was assured on June 9 by guest speaker Renate Featherstone, Principal Analyst - Multi-Commodity Research, at Wood Mackenzie in the UK.

During the webinar chaired by divisional President Greg Schnitzer of Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. in the USA, Ms Featherstone explained that steelmaking accounted for as much as 10% of global carbon emissions and so producers were under mounting pressure to adopt an environmentally cleaner approach. “The first logical step to reducing emissions when demand is growing is to recycle and reuse all available scrap,” she stated. “Only when we maximize scrap use do we significantly reduce overall virgin iron production and get emissions closer to government targets. This is why scrap is so important.” Read more ...

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