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Milica Uraz, CEO, Steel Impex

“One Solution” Approach for Excellent Service

With advanced communication methods, Steel Impex’s approach to obtaining valuable raw materials is based on close cooperation with local communities and companies, as well as the educating of citizens

A park named ‘Refine’ was established in Serbia this March. As the country’s first industrial park of its kind, it will be used to refine mixed metals. This park represents hope of a more sustainable future, allowing the company to achieve what was once considered impossible. As a leader in waste recycling, the company has more to offer and share with the public. Establishing the park is a significant achievement for the company and a step towards a more sustainable future.

Apart from being the first of its kind in Serbia, what makes your new industrial park for refining mixed metals unique?

— The industrial park for refining mixed metals represents a revolutionary step in metal recycling in the Balkans.

This park uses stateof- the-art metal processing and separation technologies, enabling increased efficiency and better results than traditional methods. With a particular focus on sustainability, the park also aims to have a minimal environmental impact through energy-efficient processes and wastewater treatment systems. This park is expected to significantly improve our ability to manage metal waste, paving the way for new industrial and economic opportunities.

How will you obtain raw materials?

— Our approach to obtaining raw materials is a collaborative effort with our valued local communities and companies. We organise educational programmes and workshops, empowering companies with knowledge about the benefits and techniques of efficient recycling. We also encourage citizens to contribute through regular campaigns on the importance of recycling, underlining how their actions can significantly influence the preserving of natural resources. With advanced communication and collaboration methods, we are building a network of reliable sources of raw materials, with each stakeholder playing a crucial role in our recycling chain.

Can the continuous promotion of recycling and awareness of its importance help promote a more sustainable waste management approach in Serbia?

— Our recycling promotion activities encompass various initiatives, from social campaigns to partnerships with educational institutions. Through interactive workshops, seminars and public discussions, we work to inform citizens about the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.

We lobby for better legislative regulations that would support more efficient waste management, primary separation and recycling at the national level

We strive to raise awareness of the importance of this process through a constant presence in the media and on social media platforms. We also lobby for better legislative regulations that would support more efficient waste management, primary separation and recycling at the national level.

What is the value of waste discarded in landfills; and what percentage of that waste can be recycled instead of polluting the planet?

— Estimates show that a large amount of the waste generated annually in Serbia could be recycled. The value of this recycled material is measured in the millions of euros, and our mission is to maximise this potential.

With constant improvements in recycling technologies and methods, we can reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills significantly, thus protecting the environment and creating new economic resources. Our programmes also include detailed counselling for companies on opportunities to improve their waste management processes.

Do you offer solutions to companies wanting to contribute to environmental protection through recycling?

— At Steel Impex, we understand the complexity of companies’ waste management. That’s why we’ve developed a “one solution” approach, in which our clients have just one partner to cater for all their waste-related needs. With ISO standards 27001, 45001, 9001 and 14001, we guarantee the highest level of service and compliance with regulations.

Steel impex invests continuously in developing new technological solutions that enable more efficient processing and the greater usability of recycled materials

We have our own fleet of trucks and complete equipment necessary for waste collection, transportation, storage and treatment. This approach makes it easier for companies to focus on their primary activities while we efficiently manage their waste at our three locations. We thus simplify processes and ensure that waste management is sustainable and efficient.

You have often shown that recycling is the industry of the future. Without this future industry, does planet Earth have a future?

— Investing in innovation, modern technologies and employee training is crucial for the sustainability and growth of the recycling industry. Steel Impex invests continuously in developing new technological solutions that enable more efficient processing and the greater usability of recycled materials. We also pay great attention to training our employees, as we believe that a qualified and trained workforce can maximise the potential of modern technologies. These efforts contribute to better business results and promote a more sustainable approach to resources, which is crucial for protecting our planet. Without innovation in recycling, sustainable development would be significantly more challenging, leading to long-term negative environmental consequences. Our commitment to this vision shows that recycling is economically feasible and necessary to preserve natural resources and minimise ecological footprints.

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