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Minister highlights importance of metals recycling

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Source: Materials Recycling Week

The importance of British metal recyclers has been highlighted by Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Martin Horwood as he visited UK scrap yards. Industry representatives, the British Metals Recycling Association’s director general Ian Hetherington gave the MP a guided tour of yards in the Midlands.

Horwood said: “This industry needs to be better understood. It clearly has a huge role to play in our ability to hit recycling and sustainability targets which are becoming ever more challenging. Metal recyclers are recovering materials to high specifications, for established markets at home and abroad. Metal recycling is about asset management not waste and I will be looking at ways to make sure that the UK capitalises on this.”

Hetherington said: “These visits are crucial in helping politicians to build an accurate understanding of metal recycling, which is an industry recovering 15 million tonnes of valuable secondary raw material every year, making massive energy and CO2 emission savings in the process.

“The BMRA is determined to build links with as many people as possible to keep metal recycling and sustainability on the political agenda.”

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