Plastic exports ban and need for caution

Joseph Doherty, Managing Director, Re-Gen Waste in Newry and member of Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging, urges caution around banning plastic exports. The cross-party Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has called for a ban on the export of all plastic waste from the UK by 2027. This would seem to be a sledgehammer…

Public Accounts Committee shows need for focus on organised waste crime gangs

Organised waste crimes should be the focus for Environment Agency action, The Recycling Association has said. It supports the findings of the Public Accounts Committee that suggested waste crime is on the rise despite a target in the 2018 Resources & Waste Strategy to eliminate it by 2043 (see more https://www.letsrecycle.com/news/mps-accuse-government-of-decriminalising-waste-crime/). The Recycling Association believes that…

Job advert: Chief Executive of The Recycling Association

The Recycling Association is looking for an experienced and knowledgeable person for the role of Chief Executive Officer. ·         You will be an experienced and entrepreneurial professional with a proven track record in the recycling industry. A detailed knowledge of recovered paper is essential, and a working knowledge of plastics and other materials is preferred. ·         You…

Trade associations set quality standard for recycled plastic

The Environmental Services Association, with support from the British Plastics Federation (BPF), Recycling Association and RECOUP, has today (29/09/2022) published a defined quality standard for post-consumer recycled plastics, with the aim of driving consistent standards across the sector.  The Quality Standard for Recycled Plastics, published today, was drafted by the ESA in consultation with the aforementioned…

My roundup of RWM/Letsrecycle Live by Simon Ellin

I really enjoyed RWM/Letsrecycle Live last week, even though I was rushed off my feet the whole time. As usual, The Recycling Association had a stand and Members and other friends of the Association took the time to come and chat with myself, Chris Burton and Paul Sanderson. My impression, and from talking to others,…

Plastic recycling does work

The Recycling Association has said that plastic recycling does work following a statement to the contrary by the Big Plastic Count. Indeed, The Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin warned that the people behind the Big Plastic Count were “irresponsible” for saying recycling doesn’t work and for sowing seeds of doubt in the public mind.…