ISLAMABAD (APP) - Business community on Tuesday urged the government to establish a network of scrap yards in the country that will act as a source of input material for remanufacturing and recycling industry. Pakistan produces huge quantities of scrap in different areas and the govt should focus on promoting reman-ufacturing and recycling industry in the country in order to achieve better economic value from scrap material, they added. Zahid Maqbool, President, ICCI in a statement stressed for supporting the small and medium size enterprises in developing remanuf-acturing and recycling plants. These plants could be set up in different areas including steel, auto, synthetic, plastic, paper and rubber sectors to develop value added products from scrap, he added. Zahid Maqbool said that remanufacturing industry also consumes less energy as compared to industrial units. He said according to some estimates, only five per cent energy is required to remelt aluminium than to extract it from the ore. Similarly, steel can be produced much cheaply through re-melting than extraction from the ore. He said millions of computer accessories and electronic items join scrap dumps and pose a challenge for effective disposal. However, promoting of remanufacturing and recycling industry could easily exploit its scrap to develop products of better value. The ICCI President said that the remanufacturing and recycling industry will also provide a substantial boost to the manufacturing sector and the whole economy in terms of cuts in imports and unemployment and production of cheap products. At the same time it will be an effective way to meet the environmental challenges posed by the generation of scrap and waste, he added.