BIR expresses concern over WSR vote in EU Parliament

A BIR statement says the exports to countries outside the EU - industrialized (OECD) countries and developing (non-OECD) countries – will be considerably burdened by intergovernmental agreements and inspections, audits and checks on facilities in third countries.


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Waste Management
 
January 20 2023
 
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Following plenary vote in the European Parliament regarding the revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR), BIR has expressed concern over its potential impact on the global circular economy. 
While intra-European movements are clearly facilitated, exports to countries outside the EU - industrialized (OECD) countries and developing (non-OECD) countries – will be considerably burdened by intergovernmental agreements and inspections, audits and checks on facilities in third countries. Moreover, the worldwide concern about plastic pollution will likely lead to a prohibition on plastic recyclables exports from the EU, and furthermore has led to harsher conditions on exports of other recyclables desired by industries around the world, a press statement from the BIR said. 

There are further legislative steps to undergo at the EU Council of Ministers before the new Regulation appears during which BIR will be working with its members to secure their future business, the statement added. BIR warned both OECD and non-OECD country Governments to look carefully to the impact of these proposed laws on the material needs of their own industries. 

BIR President Tom Bird has expressed concern over the potential damage that this regulation inflicts upon the international recycling industry. “I have mentioned many times that in my opinion these regulations represent a thinly disguised back-door protectionism that puts our industry in danger while severely disrupting the global circular economy,” Bird said immediately after being briefed on the outcome of the vote. “It should be blatantly clear to everybody that the trade of vital raw materials such as recycled metals should not be restricted, and BIR as an organisation remains fully committed to ensuring exactly that – free trade of recyclables in a global circular economy!”