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BIR’s Spring Conference Focuses on the Market Impacts of China’s Import Regulations

As recyclers worldwide feel the effects of China’s changing market for recycled materials, the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR)’s spring conference in Barcelona this week is laser focused on these effects and how the industry can adapt to new global market dynamics.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the BIR has been the global industry’s main conduit to promote the industry and the benefits of recycling. This week’s meeting convenes under a cloud of uncertainty because of China, and ISRI staff and officers have been flooded by inquiries from many conference participants (including non-ISRI members) that have come to view ISRI as a primary source of market information.

Other details emerged from the meeting:

  • Paper: The European Union “Waste Directive” has come to define certain paper recycling processes as “prepar[ing]” for fiber recycling at the mills, a phenomenon that could seep into Basel Convention deliberations and could more broadly affect recyclers worldwide.

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