Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI) is set to host the 9th IMRC conference from 5-7 May 2022 in Delhi at Leela Convention Centre, Shahdra, Delhi to address the growing concerns and discuss the roadmap to make India a green superpower by 2030. The conference is meticulously planned to focus on various topics and sessions such as Circular Economy – the way forward; End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) the road ahead; Decoding the Secondary Steel market; A Paradigm Shift of BIS in Non-ferrous; Paper Recycling; EPR on Plastic Recycling; E-Waste – time to synergize; etc., said MRAI.
The 3-day event will see speakers from various ministries, companies and associations who are driving the need for recycling in the Indian market and the adoption of global rules and regulations to fulfill the Government of India's ambitious target of producing non-fossil fuel-based energy in India and reducing one billion tonnes in total projected carbon emissions by 2030.
Highlighting the theme of the conference, Sanjay Mehta, President, MRAI said, “Indian government’s policy thrust o n the circular economy becomes an important step to acknowledge the power of recycling. With this, we are very confident that ‘Recovery and Reuse of waste will play the key role in India’s growth story at a time when India is moving towards the manufacturing intensive green economy.”
The inaugural session on “Making India a Global Recycling Hub” will be the key feature of the event. “Recycling remains at a low while waste products are growing in volumes. The business prospects for the future are correspondingly high. As of now, only select items like batteries, metals, plastics are being recycled, but with changes in policies and regulations India can create ample opportunities for India to be a HUB for recycling," added Sanjay Mehta.
“India’s manufacturing industries work alongside the government to achieve carbon neutrality by 2070. Most companies would be going to the war room and finding ways to immediately and radically transform themselves, either by replacing their source of energy (if it's fossil fuel-driven), and/r curtailing emissions at every stage of their production processes,” said Dhawal Shah, Sr Vice President, MRAI.
The event will see panel discussions on topics like “Indian E-waste Industry–Time to Synergize, ELV the Road ahead, A Paradigm Shift: BIS Standards, Plastic Recycling to align with Advance Technology, Circular Economy: The Way Forward, and more.
Talking about the event Amar Singh Secretary-General MRAI shared, “The 9th edition of IMRC is being held at a key juncture when Indian eco-system is turning towards e-mobility and people are looking for answers about battery recycling or the correct way to dispose of e-waste. IMRC aims to create awareness and spread knowledge about recycling various materials and its benefits to the Indian government.”
“Secondary steel manufacturers are playing a vital role in making India Atmanirbhar in the steel sector,” said Zain Nathani, Director, MRAI.
The secondary steel industry uses eco-friendly raw materials such as recycled ferrous scrap and will be a key driver in assisting the Government of India in achieving the objectives and targets set out in the “Vision 2047” document-a blueprint for the next 25 years. Seminar on Circular Economy: The Way Forward will carry the discussion on finding ways to reuse, redesign, and refurbish, a product that keeps much of that value, as per the statement. “Circular economy keeps resources such as products, materials, and energy in the economic system for as long as possible and at the “highest value” possible” opined Prabhjot Sodhi, Director, MRAI.
On the opportunities and challenges in the recycling of EV batteries in India, ALN Rao, Director, MRAI & CEO of Exigo Recycling Pvt. Ltd. said, “The potential for recovering critical metals and minerals like cobalt, lithium, nickel, and manganese from used and discarded Li-ion batteries are going to play a significant role to make India self-sustainable in LIB sector.”
According to Commodore Sujeet Samaddar, NM (Retd), Former Senior Consultant (Industry), NITI Aayog & Advisor, MRAI, ELV recycling could generate 9 MMT, 2.2 MMT of ferrous & aluminium scrap by 2030. Further Ulhas Parlikar, the Director, stated, “The processing of the plastic waste can be done with the support of advanced technology on a common scale and then the same is made available to these small industries to produce granules that meet the desired virgin quality standard.”
While highlighting the importance of e-waste and its session at IMRC, ALN Rao said that “India is the third-largest producer of e-waste after China and the US. More than 95% of this waste is handled by the informal sector. Electronic waste (e-waste) is a global challenge and India too is facing the problem due to the rapid use and fast disposal of electronic gadgets.”
MRAI is the apex organisation of the sub-continent representing the rapidly growing recycling industry. The association's collective strength comprises of over 20,000 small, medium and large enterprises, directly and indirectly employing 25 lakh people, as per the statement.