BIR convention focuses on free and fair trade

BIR convention focuses on free and fair trade

The global recycling industry association hosts its latest World Recycling Convention & Exhibition in Hong Kong.

May 26, 2017
RTGE Staff
Conferences & Events International Recycling News
The keynote session at Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling’s (BIR’s) World Recycling Convention & Exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 22-24 May focused on the facilitation of free and fair trade of recyclables. 

BIR President Ranjit Baxi said one of the main challenges currently facing the global recycling industry is “the increasing burden of legistlative controls that does not help in the promotion of a smooth and efficient system of was collection, segregation and transportation of recyclables.” 

Baxi, who also serves as founder and chairman of London-based J&H Sales International Ltd., continued, “Facilitation of free and fair trade must, therefore, remain the core principle of our industry. BIR is continuously working with its global partners in promoting free and fair trade of recyclables with minimum regulatory controls.”

The global recycling industry association says more than 900 participants from 63 countries gathered for its Annual General Assembly. Baxi expressed BIR’s appreciation of the support of the convention’s sponsors and of the 18 machinery, equipment and service suppliers that displayed their products at the exhibition running in parallel with the conference.
In noting that 57 member companies and national federations had joined BIR in the last 12 months, Baxi insisted that the world body would continue to prioritise the development of new business opportunities for all of its members, such as through finding new convention locations to help them develop fresh contacts. In this context, he pointed out that the next BIR convention and exhibition would be held in India for the first time. The event, scheduled for Oct. 13-16, 2017, will be held at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, with one of the meeting days being devoted to a debate on recycling in India, Baxi said. 

Baxi, who has agreed to serve a second two-year term as president of the BIR, also emphasised that the Global Recycling Day being organised by BIR for March 18, 2018, would be of direct benefit to members as it would put “powerful” emphasis on the importance of what recyclers do for the social, economic and environmental fabric of the planet.

The Annual General Assembly was followed by a keynote presentation from BIR’s International Trade Council Chairman Michael Lion of Hong Kong-based Everwell Resources Ltd. Promising random recollections from 50 years as “a rebellious recycler,” BIR says his selection of sometimes mischievous anecdotes reflected the breadth of his metals industry knowledge and also the far-reaching changes that have transformed the recycling sector, most notably in terms of business communications. 

“The hardware has changed,” Lion said, “but the way we conduct our industry and our values are really unchanged.”