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The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is the only global recycling industry federation representing more than 30,000 companies around the globe, with a direct membership of around 700 companies and 38 national associationsfrom 67 countries. BIR members are world leaders in the supply of raw materials and a key pillar for sustainable economic development.

BIR concerned by outcome of WSR vote in EU Parliament

18 January 2023
Following yesterday’s plenary vote in the European Parliament regarding the revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR), BIR is very concerned regarding its potential impact on the global circular economy. While intra-European movements are clearly facilitated, exports to countries outside the EU - industrialized (OECD) countries and developing (non-OECD) countries – will be considerably burdened by intergovernmental agreements and ...

Waste Shipment Regulation plenary vote in the European Parliament: almost all amendments proposed by MEPs agreed in voting

18 January 2023
On 17 January 2023, the plenary vote took place in the European Parliament. Of the 158 amendments put forward by MEPs to the European Commission proposal of 18 November 2021, 7 were rejected and 154 accepted. All together, the amendments were to improve upon and toughen up the Commission proposal that itself improved upon and toughened up the much-amended Waste Shipment Regulation from 2013. Improvements will be experienced by EU operators for ...

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30 January 2023
BIR Deputy Director for Trade & Environment Alev Somer represented the global recycling federation at the World Customs Organization’s “Visualising a Greener Harmonised System” symposium, which took ...
18 January 2023
Following yesterday’s plenary vote in the European Parliament regarding the revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR), BIR is very concerned regarding its potential impact on the global ...
18 January 2023
On 17 January 2023, the plenary vote took place in the European Parliament. Of the 158 amendments put forward by MEPs to the European Commission proposal of 18 November 2021, 7 were rejected and 154 ...
06 January 2023
Dear Members, I hope you all enjoyed a restful end-of-the-year break and that you are ready to start 2023 “firing on all cylinders”. I wish you all, also on behalf of the BIR Secretariat, a very ...
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