Trade Barriers Foremost Concern For BIR



Brian Taylor | Recycling Today

The Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) has joined a chorus of other associations and business owners expressing concern about circular commodity trading restrictions being proposed in Europe and elsewhere.

BIR says it supports the recent initiative of its European member federation EuRIC regarding the potential impact of the upcoming European Waste Shipment Regulation on global free and fair trade of “raw materials from recycling (RMR).”

EuRIC, in an open letter addressed to executives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Slovenian Presidency of the Council, has called for a clear distinction in the legal regime between “problematic waste streams” and RMR with long-established trading values.

More than 260 European companies and national recycling associations co-signed the EuRIC letter unintended but potentially negative consequences of a blanket restriction of RMR exports.

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