BIR 2019: BIR supports China’s move to rename ‘scrap’ metal, seeks clarity on classification at Nov meeting

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) will advocate for a Chinese proposal to discard the term “scrap” by officially renaming certain copper scrap products as “recyclable copper raw materials”, whilst seeking further clarity with Chinese officials on the definition and specifications of importable scrap, the association said on Sunday October 13.

In Chinese, “scrap” and “waste” are essentially being translated into the same word, which often undermines the value of high-quality scrap metal, Tom Bird, president of BIR said during a press briefing at the World Recycling Convention in Budapest, Hungary.

In May 2019, the Chinese Nonferrous Metals Industry Association’s (CMRA) recycling metal branch submitted to the government a key proposal to rebrand high-quality copper...


Julian Luk

October 14, 2019

05:44 GMT