"We mustn't sleepwalk into regulation"

BIR president calls on recycling industry to take more forceful approach

"We as an industry now more than ever need to convey to the world the essential role we play in protecting the planet from climate change and the environmental damage caused by the extraction of primary raw materials", commented BIR president Tom Bird at the organisation's spring convention in Barcelona. In his opening remarks for the general assembly of the Bureau of International Recycling on Tuesday, he said that he believed that over the years, the industry had allowed "stereotypical views" of it to prevail and had sold itself short in terms of its importance.

"We must not sleepwalk into ever more restrictive legislation", Mr Bird said. "I would urge you all to become involved in this debate, to promote the truth about our industry’s exceptional skills and to challenge misconceptions about what we do. Our unity of purpose and of voice remain crucial if we are to win through."...

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