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BIR Barcelona Convention - International Environment Council: The unprecedented threat to a global Circular Economy

  • 11 May 2022

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Despite growing awareness of its positive environmental role, the recycling industry is continually confronted by new obstacles that complicate its mission to deliver on a truly global Circular Economy. Perhaps the scale of this threat has never been so great as it is today, not least because of the European Commission’s proposed changes to waste shipment regulations that will severely handicap exports of recyclables and thereby endanger the take-up of “green”, scrap-based production in developing countries. At the International Environment Council meeting on May 23 under the chairmanship of Olivier François (Galloo, FRA/BEL), delegates will discuss some of the many challenges facing the global recycling industry, as well as BIR’s response to this legislative onslaught.

Speakers & Topics:

  • Ross BARTLEY, BIR Trade and Environment Director: “Current news regarding the Basel Convention and other UN and international organizations”
  • Olivier FRANCOIS: “Evolution of the EPR schemes and their consequences on our business: particularly with regards of the increasing prices of raw materials and the risk for our members of losing the material property”
  • Alicia GARCIA FRANCO, CEO, FER - FEDERACION ESPAÑOLA DE LA RECUPERACION (ESP): “Environmental priorities of the Spanish Recycling Industry”

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona on (22) 23-25 May 2022! 

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