MRAI 6th IMRC to discuss: Policy, Roles, Opportunities & Challenges of Recycling

After the success of past 5th Conferences, Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI) host the 6th edition of the International Indian Material Recycling Conference (6th IMRC) on 3rd – 4th February at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty, Kochi.

The theme of the conference is to dwell upon the “Role of Recycling Policy in India’s Circular Economy”, focusing on various challenging issues and the solutions to ensure the survival of the recycling sector in India.

MRAI’s conference has always been a platform for government secretariat, recycling industry fraternity to discuss trade issues, demand-supply, policy, environmental concerns and  networking. The discussion covers the innovative ideas, highlighting the challenges, strength & opportunities for the Recycling Sector.

The 6th IMRC conference has more than 1,100 confirmed delegates, of which 350 delegates are from more than 40 countries.

The President of MRAI, Sanjay Mehta says, “The success of the 6th IMRC showed that the highest ever delegates across the world have registered their participation to attend the conference”.

He further elaborated that now we want to spread the message further and make sure that the importance of better recycling practices and upcoming impact of policy, & execution of these policies is at the forefront of everyone’s mind”.

During the conference, domestic recycling industry issues like import duty, like the absence of a policy which is affecting the sector will be discussed. Amongst the eminent speakers includes Government Secretariat – Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Environment, Niti Aayog, CPCB, DGFT, Ministry of Transport etc. and other speakers from ferrous, non-ferrous, plastic, paper, tyres, e-waste would be sharing their thought-provoking knowledge in the conference.

MRAI’s 6th IMRC has been supported by five Diamond sponsors include (Gemini, GDB International, CMR, LAXCON Steels and Al-Qaryam Group) and 35 exhibitors showcasing the wide range of services and products for the recycling sector. MRAI 6th IMRC would like to thank all members, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, media partners and participants who took part in the conference.

The ‘golden mantra’ of 6 R’s of recycling

As India is embarking towards higher trajectories of growth, its resource requirements will likely to increase triple to 14 billion MT by 2030 as compared with 4.83 billion MT in 2009. Enhanced material recycling policy initiative will help India to decouple its growth story from primary
resource /material consumption.

Highlighting the importance of recycling all the stakeholders must adhere to the “golden mantra” i.e. the mantra of 6 R’s-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Redesign and Remanufacture, which will significantly help to minimize the waste.

Therefore, India’s recycling industry is playing an important role in terms of its economic output as well as employment generation along with a contribution to the sustainable management of resources. To ensure the prosperity with the growing population, we need to switch from a linear to a circular economy for healthy and safe living and working conditions and to less harmful effects to the environment.

However, till date, the recycling process in the country remains unregulated owing to the absence of the laws governing the scrap sector.
For the proper recycling of the Scrap Material in India, implementation of Material Recycling Policy is the need of the Industry.

Over the period of time, Niti Aayog has initiated the work on the Material Recycling Policy draft which is now available for Union Cabinet discussion and further approval. MRAI and KPMG worked together as a domain knowledge partner for the preparation of the National Material Recycling Policy.

The Policy will harmonize efforts across central and state institutions, private entities and citizens of the country and eventually propel India towards the global frontiers of material recycling. Higher material recycling fractions in future are anticipated to draw multifarious socio-economic, industrial and environmental benefits for India.

As per the NITI Aayog update, if this policy rolls out, the potential to generate substantial gross value addition to the economy will be approximately about INR 10 Lac crore by 2025. Effectively, it will also generate 3 million direct jobs in recycling facilities and between 12 and 15 million indirect jobs in upstream activities starting from scrap collection to processing to channelization.

The objectives of Material Recycling Policy is to:

  • Bring the un-organised into organised sector without having an impact on the employment.
  • Potentially develop the recycling markets in India.
  • Incorporate good standards of recycling where there should be a minimal waste and maximum recovery.
  • Attaining the concept of Zero Waste Policy in India
  • Focusing on environmental savings.
  • Setting standards for the quality of scrap to be provided to the recyclers.

The expected outcome from the Material Recycling Policy will be:

  • Setting up of recycling zones, clusters around the ports in India.
  • Enhance awareness and insight to the significance of achieving resource efficiency & sustainability.
  • Ensure maximum recovery of quality scrap domestically, proper scrap collection & segregation centre.
  • Reduction of the dependency on Imports for the scrap material.


This seminar will help in prioritization of regenerative resources, preservation, use of waste as a resource, designing for the future, collaboration across industries to create joint value, rethinking of the business model etc. It will also highlight the decreasing the amount of material, energy, reducing the weight and other resources

About MRAI :


Metal Recycling Association of India (MRAI) is a National Association representing the interest of India’s Metal Recycling Industry with over 10,000 Direct and Indirect Members Providing Employment to 18 lacs people in India. It’s an apex body of recycling trade association comprising of Metal, Plastic, Paper, Rubber & Tyre, E-Waste, Textile and Glass with over 900 members.