The trade association for UK recycling companies.

The Recycling Association represents the interests of its Members.

From the largest multi-national recycling and waste management companies, to SMEs and even micro businesses, our one-member one-vote policy and democratic structure means that every Member has an equal say.

We also welcome Associate Members including retailers, equipment manufacturers and service providers.

The Recycling Association has a unique funding model, meaning our Membership fees are modest when compared to other trade associations. Through our sister company IWPP and our majority shareholding in Traqa, this provides the largest share of our funding.

To become a Member, visit our Membership page.

How do we represent the interests of our Members?

The Recycling Association is involved in the following activities on behalf of its Members:

Working with government

Working with the UK Government and devolved Nations on policy, regulation and law


Networking between Members, and/or other sectors such as retail, manufacturing, local government and others

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International policy, regulation and law

Keeping Members informed on international policy, regulation and law

Engaging with European partners

Engaging with European partners via our membership of umbrella trade association EuRIC


Representing the recycling industry on international, national, local and trade media


Supporting companies where possible, such as offering legal advice via our lawyers etc


Developing campaigns, such as Quality First, that aim to improve trading conditions for our Members


Day to day advice and problem solving

Our history

The Recycling Association was formed in 1975 to represent independent recovered paper merchants. Our Membership now comprises companies involved in collecting, sorting and recycling a wide variety of materials.

Our team

To find out more about The Recycling Association team visit Contact us.

The Recycling Association Council

Celine Grant

Celine Grent

Re-gen Waste

Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke

Vice President


Kevin Bell



Pankaj Chowdhary

Ekman Group

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Visy Recycling Europe

Paul Sanderson

Paul Sanderson

Company Secretary and Chief Executive

Adrian Jackson

Adrian Jackson

Honorary Life Member


Will Nicholls


Craig Curtis

Craig Curtis

CS Recycling

Jonathan Donohue

Jonathan Donohue


Liz Mallard

Liz Mallard

DS Smith

Lee Evans

Lee Evans

Parry & Evans


Paul Barnes

Oatley Resources

Alex Pinson

Alex Pinson

Recycling UK