St. Gallen, 17 December 2015: The Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Roundtable has published today the meeting report of its ISO IWA Session #1 on Guidance Principles for secondary metals, which took place on 14-16 October 2015 in Davos, Switzerland, back to back with the WRF 2015 Conference.

This fifteen-page meeting report includes highlights, main messages, agreements, recommendations and action items of those key stakeholders who participated following the discussions on the development of the Guidance Principles for secondary metals. ISO members, metals associations, recycling companies, Cleaner Production Centres, international NGOs and experts from research organizations and the academia were among those participants. A previous article with a summary of the workshop can also be read here.

The Guidance Principles aim to influence the development of international, national and local policies, regulations and frameworks on secondary resources management, related corporate codes of practice, and standards and certification schemes. In particular, they shall ensure that sustainability aspects of secondary metals management (collection, recycling and disposal) are taken into account in the context of micro, small and medium enterprises and the informal sector in developing countries. The Guidance Principles are being developed through an International Workshop Agreement (IWA), that is a consensus building process under ISO that includes working sessions and is followed by public reviews.

This IWA process is directed by the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) on behalf of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and supervised by the Secretariat of the SRI Roundtable which is hosted by the World Resources Forum (WRF).

The Meeting Report can be downloaded here.