Joint International Study Groups’ Workshop on Metals Recycling


Enhancing Metals Recycling in Emerging Markets


10 –12 September 2003, St Petersburg, Russia


As countries with emerging markets increase their role as producers, fabricators and users of metals they will also become significant generators of recyclable metals.  This unique workshop will bring together governments (policy makers/regulators), industry (metal recyclers, traders, collectors), and other stakeholders to examine the challenges and benefits of metals recycling, share experiences with different jurisdictions from around the world and to look at metal-bearing recyclable materials as valuable, globally traded commodities.  For this purpose, the workshop will place particular emphasis on issues concerning developing countries and economies in transition. Workshop participants will identify issues and outline possible solutions towards the development of national and international policies or strategies to encourage the sustainable management of recoverable metal-bearing materials and resources.




Wednesday 10 September 2003

Presentations from the developing world, developed world, industry and public interest group followed by a panel discussion.

·        12.30 - 14.00   Lunch

·        14.00 - 18.00   SESSION 2: Recycling Markets and Market Information

Presentations on the supply and demand for non-ferrous metals scrap, examples of best practices in recycling metals, and on the development of common methodologies to improve market transparency and the collection of recycling data.


Thursday 11 September 2003

Presentations on technologies and innovative concepts being applied to improve non-ferrous metals collection and recycling, on best available technology versus most appropriate technology, and on designing for recycling - followed by panel discussion

·        11.30-12.30     SESSION 4: The Way Forward; Challenges and Opportunities

Key questions that have emerged will be summarised and Break Out Groups will be formed.

·        12.30-14.00     Lunch

·        14.00-18.00     Small Break Out Groups will review threats and opportunities to recycling and will develop recommendations for action.


Friday 12 September 2003

Break Out Groups will come back together to share their results with the whole Workshop and develop Workshop Recommendations to take back to national capitals, industry and other public interest groups.


St Petersburg

In 2003 St Petersburg is celebrating three hundred years since its foundation by Peter the Great.  Russia’s capital between 1703 and 1917, it remains one of Europe’s loveliest cities, and the second largest conurbation in the Russian Federation with a population of 5 million.  The city is also home to the Hermitage Museum located in the former Winter Imperial Palace which houses one of the world’s greatest collections of art.



Located on the banks of the river Neva facing the Fontanka district, The State Mining Institute was founded by Tsarina Catherine the Great in 1773 and counts Russian President Vladimir Putin among its alumni.  The Institute is a short ride away from the historic centre of the city.



Accommodation at preferential rates has been blocked in three hotels: The Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is located near to the State Mining Institute on Vasilevskiy Island (four star rating) and is the Workshop’s main hotel.  A smaller number of rooms have been reserved at The Astoria and Angleterre Hotels which are located near to Palace Square in the historic Fontanka district (five star ratings).  Accommodation will be allocated on a first come first served basis.



Participation in the Workshop is being subsidised.  Paying delegates will therefore be asked to pay a modest fee of $300 to cover the cost of workshop materials, airport transfer, daily transport to the venue from the hotels, lunches, dinner, reception and plant visit.


The Organisers

The Workshop will be hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation and it is being organised jointly by the member countries of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (, International Copper Group ( ) and the International Nickel Study Group ( ) with sponsorship from the Common Fund for Commodities ( ).  The Study Groups are intergovernmental commodity organisations that bring together countries with substantial interests in copper, lead, nickel and zinc.


To Participate

To find out more about participation please email