The EU has published its best available technique (BAT) Conclusions for the Waste Treatment BREF of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

There were concerns that the IED could negatively impact the metals recycling sector and the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) has been working closely with the EU to ensure that the industry follows environmental best practice without being unnecessarily affected by new legislation.

BMRA technical director Howard Bluck explained that the organisation had worked closely with EU officials to ensure that metal shredding wasn’t unfairly impacted.

Speaking to Let’s Recycle, he explained that they were able to use dedicated research projects to show “that well-managed metal shredders present a low risk to the environment”.

This is important for any metal recycling plant, because otherwise such facilities would have been subject to much more onerous reporting and monitoring procedures.

Mr Bluck said that they were able to successfully reduce monitoring frequencies in certain circumstances, as well as to convince officials that pre-shredding scrap metal was unnecessary. “This alone could save companies in excess of £1 million,” he stated.

The BMRA is also intending to compile a full list of costs that metal shredders will be faced with as a result of the introduction of BAT, adding that it will also attempt to quantify any avoided costs that have come about thanks to the organisation’s involvement and negotiations.

According to the news provider, the main aim of BAT is to reduce emissions and improve efficiency in large-scale waste treatment installations.

Earlier this year, Materials Recycling World reported that the BMRA is launching a metals recycling apprenticeship in order to encourage more young people to enter the metals recycling sector.