STRUCTURE OF THE ORGANISATION

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Ratifies the main decisions regarding BIR and has full power to achieve the objectives of the Federation. Is convened once a year by the Director General on behalf of the Executive Committee and under the mandate of the BIR President. Only effective members have voting rights. Decisions are taken by simple majority.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The decision-making body of the organisation. Consists of the President, the Treasurer, the Immediate Past President, the Presidents of the Commodity Divisions and the BIR Director General. All important decisions regarding the Association are taken by the Executive Committee which meets four times a year.

President

TOM BIRD

Interim Treasurer

ANDY WAHL
TAV Holdings Inc. (USA)

Paper Division

JEAN-LUC PETITHUGUENIN
Paprec (FRA)

Ferrous Division

GREG SCHNITZER
Schnitzer Steel Industries (USA)

Textiles Division

MARTIN BOESCHEN
Texaid-Textilverwertungs Ag (CHE)

Non-Ferrous Division

DAVID CHIAO
Uni-All Group Ltd. (USA)

Past President

RANJIT BAXI

COMMODITY DIVISIONS AND COMMITTEES

Represent a specific material and are headed by a president/chairman who in general is supported by an elected board. Two additional BIR committees cover cross-commodity issues pertaining to trade and environmental matters: the International Environment Council and the International Trade Council

  • FERROUS DIVISION
    Gregory Schnitzer - Schnitzer Steel Industries (USA)

  • NON-FERROUS METALS DIVISION 
    David Chiao - Uni-All Group Ltd. (USA)

  • PAPER DIVISION
    Jean-Luc Petithuguenin - Paprec (FRA)

  • TEXTILES DIVISION 
    Martin Böschen - Texaid-Textilverwertungs Ag (CHE)

  • STAINLESS STEEL & SPECIAL ALLOYS COMMITTEE 
    Joost van Kleef - Oryx Stainless BV (NLD)

  • PLASTIC COMMITTEE 
    Henk Alssema - Vita Plastics (NDL)

  • TYRES & RUBBER COMMITTEE 
    Max Craipeau - Greencore Resources (CHN)

  • E-SCRAP COMMITTEE
    Thomas Papageorgiou - Anamet Recycling Industry SA (GRC)

  • INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL
    Olivier François - Galloo (FRA)

  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE COUNCIL
    Michael Lion - Everwell Resources Ltd (CHN)

  • SHREDDER COMMITTEE
    Alton Scott Newell III - Newell Recycling Equipment (USA)

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SPECIAL COMMITTEES

The BIR Special Committees deal with organisational and administrative matters concerning the general structure of the association. They are instrumental for the management of the organisation’s finances, membership growth and programme development.

  • AMBASSADORS
    Salam Sharif - Sharif Metals Int’l LLC (ARE)

  • ARBITRATION
    Chairman to be appointed

  • ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND INTERNAL RULES
    Andy Wahl - TAV Holdings Inc. (USA)

  • COMMUNICATIONS
    Mark Sellier - Global Metals Network Ltd (CHN)

  • CONVENTION
    Murat Bayram - European Metal Recycling Ltd (GBR)

  • FINANCE
    Andy Wahl - TAV Holdings Inc. (USA)

  • MEMBERSHIP
    Fadi Shahrour - Sharmetal Trading Co. S.A.R.L. (LBN)

  • NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE
    Dominique Maguin - La Compagnie des matières premières (FRA)

  • YOUNG TRADERS
    Sandra Vrielink - Global Metals Network Ltd (CHN)

ADVISORY COUNCIL

The forum in which the Chairmen of the Technical Committees and Special Committees present their reports to the Executive Committee. BIR Past Presidents and BIR Ambassadors also participate in these meetings.

  • Executive Committee
  • Commodity Committee Chairmen, incl. IEC and ITC
  • Special Committee Chairmen
  • Past Presidents
  • BIR Ambassadors

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