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In 2016 The Recycling Association launched the critically important Quality First campaign to highlight the problems many UK organisations are experiencing when sourcing and supplying quality recycled materials. We are now stepping up this campaign with a dedicated conference to address the issues.

The Quality First Recycling Conference will take place at the BPP University Law School in London on 5th April 2016 ​and will cover the key challenges of:

·Changing global requirements

·Illegal trade of sub-standard materials causing reputational damage

·Regulatory inconsistency and ambiguity

·An urgent need for full supply chain responsibility for changes in practices

We believe that failure to address these problems will damage the UK’s global reputation for the supply of high quality recycled materials and could result in declining markets and revenues.

Commenting on the launch of the conference, Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin said: “The Quality First Recycling Conference takes a long, hard look at the UK’s recycling supply chain and shines a spotlight on the challenges we face within this global market,” he said.

“The conference will look at the challenges faced by those who use, collect, sell, transport and design with recycled materials. Anyone who profits from the recycled materials sector, or whose business could profit in the future, has an interest in making this market work and should attend.”

“The responsibility for making this sector work lies with a wide range of organisations and it is essential we work together to drive essential improvements. If we don’t, we can expect our markets and our margins to decline,” he said.

Confirmed speakers include designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, Kevin Vyse of Marks and Spencer and Wade Schuetzeberg of ACN.

Delegates will be invited to question the speakers and identify changes needed to protect and enhance UK materials and businesses. The Recycling Association will use the information gained to inform the Quality First Campaign to drive improvements through the full recycling supply chain.

The conference is free to attend for Members and Associates of the Association* with a nominal charge of £25 for all others. Tickets are available now from

For more information, contact: Adrienne Robins at Hanicke Robins Sanderson on 07855 643094 or email

​* Free tickets are limited to two per organisation


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