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1 BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL RECYCLING International Dialogue on Environmentally Sound Management of E-Waste San Salvador May 7-8, 2012

2 THE WORLD FEDERATION OF RECYCLING INDUSTRIES Almost 900 companies and national federations In 70 countries worldwide

3 WHO ARE BIR MEMBERS ? National trade federations from the recycling sector Commercial companies from the recycling sector i.e.  collectors, processors, merchants and traders  consumers  machine and equipment manufacturers Other bodies and individuals with an interest in international recycling

4 BIR – THE GATEWAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL RECYCLING BUSINESS! BIR membership spread 2011

5 BIR HISTORY AND SCOPE Created in 1948 International non-profit making trade association Main objectives:  Promotion of materials’ recycling and recyclability  Facilitation of free and fair trade in recyclables and secondary raw materials  Promote protection of the environment  Source information for members and industry worldwide  Representation of the recycling sector at world level  Facilitate information to / from decision-and-opinion- makers

6 A DIVERSIFIED COMMODITY STRUCTURE 4 Commodity Divisions: Ferrous metals Non-ferrous metals Paper Textiles

7 A DIVERSIFIED COMMODITY STRUCTURE 3 Commodity Committees: Stainless steel & special alloys Plastics Tyres Workshops: Recycling Circuit Boards from Electrical & Electronic Equipment

8 BIR ROME CONVENTION WORKSHOP 30 MAY 2012 Recycling Circuit Boards from Electrical & Electronic Equipment International trade rules helping or hindering recycling? Qualities of circuit boards for recycling? Quantities of circuit boards for recycling? Moving circuit boards entering the informal sector to ESM facilities Deriving more value from circuit board content … critical metals & economic instruments?

9 EPR & ESM Business & Industry Advisory Committee to OECD WGWMP – WGWPR – WPRPW … EPR … ESM WFD … WSR … Priority Waste Streams EPR Technical input to listings Technical input to TGDs ESM TBM MPPI & PACE

10 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY More than 1.6 million employees worldwide 800 million tonnes of commodities processed per year Turnover exceeding 200 billion US dollars

11 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY Ferrous Metals Total world steel production: 1,3 billion tonnes 520 million tonnes produced from scrap metal Stainless Steel Almost 45% of world’s stainless steel production is made from scrap metals

12 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY Non-Ferrous Metals and Alloys Percentage of scrap metals in total world production of: Aluminium25% Copper40% Zinc30% Lead35% Nickel20%

13 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY Paper Total annual world production: almost 400 million tonnes 50% from recovered paper and board Textiles 90% of collected textiles are reused/recycled 50% of collected textiles are used as second-hand clothing

14 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY Secondary raw materials account for up to 50% of the world’s raw material needs Recycling iron and steel saves:  74% of energy  86% of air pollution associated with primary production

15 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY ENERGY SAVINGS THROUGH RECYCLING Aluminium 95% Copper85% Lead65% Zinc60% Paper64% Plastics80%

16 KEY FIGURES OF THE WORLD RECYCLING INDUSTRY Recycling saves over 500 million tonnes of CO 2 emissions !

17 BIR OFFERS ITS MEMBERS Business membership directory referencing all major operators worldwide Business generating opportunities International networking Information on international trade and environmental legislation Professional expertise, arbitration service

18 BIR OFFERS ITS MEMBERS Two international recycling conventions per year ! interactive discussion forums on legal, technical and market issues attendance: 800 – 1,200 delegates access to state-of-the-art recycling technology


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